Employers can get steep discounts by paying H-1B workers below the median wage: H-1B prevailing wage levels for 'Software Developers, Applications,' in the Washington, D.C., region

Wage level Percentile of
surveyed wages by occupation & region
Annual salary Discount from median (%) Discount from median ($)
1 17th $75,712 36% $41,746
2 34th $96,595 18% $20,863
3 50th
4 67th $138,341 ($20,883)

Note: Table reflects H-1B prevailing wage levels for Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code 15-1132, which corresponds to SOC title “Software Developers, Applications,” for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria (area code 47900).

Source: Authors’ analysis of “Software Developers, Applications” data for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division, U.S. Department of Labor: Foreign Labor Certification (FLC) Data Center Online Wage Library, retrieved February 5, 2020. FLC Data Center data are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

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