20 Highest-Paying H-1B Jobs in Technology Include Managers, Engineers

With the incoming Biden administration, the rules governing the H-1B visa (and employment-based immigration in general) could undergo a radical shift over the next few years. At this pivotal moment, it’s worth examining which kinds of technology jobs pay H-1B workers the most. 

In order to figure that out, we turned to the H-1B Salary Database, which indexes the Labor Condition Application (LCA) disclosure data from the United States Department of Labor (DOL). The full list of jobs and salaries includes a number of non-tech roles in industries such as healthcare. For our purposes, we isolated tech roles that received more than 1,000 H-1B filings last year. 

As you can see, the highest-paying H-1B technology jobs are at the senior engineer and executive level, which should come as no surprise. They also paid in the six-figure range, which aligns with the visa’s original intention of allowing companies to secure highly specialized talent worth that cost. 

Indeed, when it comes to the H-1B visa, wages have always been a key issue. For many years, critics have argued that some companies—mostly contracting and business-services firms—abuse the H-1B visa to import workers from overseas who earn far less than their American counterparts. During the Trump administration, various agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), launched new rules and guidelines designed to counter this reported abuse.

For example, DHS proposed a rule in 2018 that would favor H-1B applicants with advanced degrees, who would presumably be paid more than the majority of current applicants. In the closing days of the Trump administration, another proposed rule would have effectively eliminated the H-1B lottery (based on random selection) in favor of a new system that prioritized high-wage applicants. Such moves were always presented as a way to ensure the H-1B is used as intended, to provide companies with unique (and costly) talent from overseas that was otherwise unavailable domestically.

Whether the Biden administration tweaks these rules or disposes of them altogether remains to be seen. Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 aims to provide “dependents of H-1B visa holders” with work authorization, for starters, but the White House hasn’t announced many details of its H-1B plans.

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7 Responses to “20 Highest-Paying H-1B Jobs in Technology Include Managers, Engineers”

  1. I love reading these salaries. I know many software engineers and none of us make these salaries. Why don’t you write articles that feature the 99% of the software engineers that not working in the FAAAG companies? It’s boring to read the same thing again and again.

    America will never rid ourselves of H1B holders even though there plenty of qualified Americans who can do those jobs. Our government works for the corporations, not the American people so our government will follow their direction, not ours.

      • Everybody? The offshore firms in all parts of the country severey abuse the h-1b program and pay below market wages to most of the permit holding staff. While Apple (the company) will pay a full market wage to its employees on permits, most contractors, especially from the offshore firms, receive far below market wages. I know citizens throughtout the country that were replaced by h-1b’s paid far less doing the same jobs. I was on three teams where every citizen was replaced.

        • You’re comparing apples with oranges Donald C. You wanting to compare a consulting company as the equivalent of an employee, not the same and the point you were trying to make… down in flames.

          Having been a part of several teams that offshore for 24 hour cycles. All that is saved has been between 5% – 8%. This also includes multiple phone calls and email to ensure quality of 5%. Given the time that it takes to keep people on path, the seniority needed to run a team and the time needed to manage the process, that 5% – 8% has now become 2% – 4% savings. Not worth it for savings and definitely not worth it to send jobs overseas.

    • Here is the easiest solution for you to get rid of so called H1B cheap workers. Gather a bunch of people like you and start chanting cheap labor cheap labor in all places including wall Street if you have the courage. Still if they are not listening to you then adopt the way you people have taken in Capitol Hill and get a dictator. I’m sure you will succeed there. BTW I’m not a H1B beneficiary so you can rely on my words