How are wage levels determined for H1B cases? Since I have a master’s degree, does that mean my employer has to file the petition for at least a wage level 2 position?


Wage levels are determined based on the occupation, the minimum job requirements, such as years of work experience and level of education, and the work location(s). There are four wage levels, ranging from wage level 1 (entry level) to wage level 4 (fully competent).

To be clear, it is the position’s requirements that determines the wage level, not the beneficiary’s qualifications. For example, if an employer is offering an entry level software developer position that requires a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and no experience, the fact that the beneficiary has a master’s degree and/or extensive work experience would not impact the wage level.  (20.May.2021)

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