Which U.S. Cities Have the Most H-1B Employers?

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Which U.S. Cities Have the Most H-1B Employers?

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 Francisco 6,860
Houston 6,392
Chicago 5,931
San Jose, CA 4,088
Irving, TX 2,829
Atlanta 1,728
Austin 1,587
Dallas 1,402
Sunnyvale, CA 1,001
Seattle 958
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
Seattle $123,996
Sunnyvale, CA $122,221
San Francisco $110,000
San Jose, CA $109,242
Austin $91,000
New York City $90,000
Dallas $88,000
Atlanta $85,000
Chicago $79,999
Houston $70,040
Irving, TX $77,397

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