Median H1B Worker Earned $118,000 in 2022 Per Report

H1B visa holders across all fields earned a median annual salary of $118,000 in 2022 per Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers, an annual report published by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and submitted to Congress.

2022 H1B Visa Income Statistics

The report found that upon initial employment, the median salary for H1B workers in 2022 was $93,000, and $128,000 for those with continuing employment. The highest median compensation level was $140,000 for those in miscellaneous professional, technical, and managerial occupations.

Among H1B petitions approved in 2022, those with bachelor’s and master’s degrees earned roughly the same median salary of $116,000-$117,000. H1B beneficiaries with doctoral degrees earned a lower median salary of $110,000.

Among all H1B beneficiaries, those with the highest median income were in the field of Law and Jurisprudence. Those with the lowest median income were in the field of Education.

2022 H1B Demographics

The US approved 441,502 H1B petitions in the 2022 fiscal year. 72.6% (320,791) were for those born in India. Those born in China made up 12.5% (55,038). Those born in Canada were a distant third, comprising roughly 1% of petitions (4,235).

The report shows that 64% of initial employment petitions were for male beneficiaries, vs. 36% for female beneficiaries. For continuing H1B employment, the percentage jumped to 74% male and 26% female.

Approximately 65% of initial employment H1B beneficiaries were between 25 and 34 years old in 2022. Among those approved for continuing employment, 62.8% were between 30 and 39 years of age.

31.7% of 2022 beneficiaries held a bachelor’s degree, while 31.1% held a master’s degree. Just 12.6% of beneficiaries held a doctorate, and 4.3% had a professional degree.

The vast majority of H1B initial employment beneficiaries (77%) were previously in F1 status, 7% were in F2 status, and 6% were in J1 status.

Largest H1B Occupational Groups in 2022

Not surprisingly, computer-related occupations made up 66% of H1B beneficiaries in 2022, with 291,780 petitions. Architecture, engineering, and surveying occupations made up 9.8% of beneficiaries (43,351), and administrative specializations comprised 5.2% (23,022).

The full report with all statistics is available on the USCIS website.

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