Employers use H-1B work visas to hire foreign specialty workers when there aren’t enough U.S. workers to meet demand. Many of these positions are in the tech industry, so it may be no surprise that the Silicon Valley area has the most employers who hire H-1B workers. New York City has the most H-1B employers as an individual city, but the communities that make up the South Bay of northern California have more employers on the whole, more than 50 percent more than New York.
|City||H-1B Employers in 2019|
|New York City||7,430|
|San Jose, CA||4,088|
|Mountain View, CA||486|
Some of these cities may come as a surprise. While many H-1B visa holder work in the tech industry, other industries also seek H-1B workers. The medical field, business-services companies, and consulting firms also have a high demand for H-1B workers. The typical industries that seek H-1B visa holders thrive in Texas and the other large cities on this list.
As befitting of the “specialized worker” requirements, H-1B employers typically offer fairly high salaries. In 2019, the average H-1B salary was just under $90,000. Specialized workers in the medical field typically earn the highest wages, with business-type positions, such as CEO or Vice President, close behind. You can see what particular H-1B positions pay here. Earnings wise, of the top cities with the most H-1B employers, the city with the highest average salary was Mountain View. On average, Silicon Valley cities saw the highest salaries.
|City||Average H-1B Salary in 2019|
|Mountain View, CA||$132,672|
|San Jose, CA||$109,242|
|New York City||$90,000|
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