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H-1B Wage Levels

 

Confused about how to select the correct wage level? You’re not alone. The DOL has provided guidance on the topic, but there is still ambiguity and complexity to the task.

Below is the breakdown for a Job Zone 4 position that applies to most cases. Examples of Job Zone 4 positions are: Software Developer, Systems Analyst, Database Administrator, etc.

Level 1:

  • Beginning level position working under close supervision and performing routine tasks that require limited, if any, exercise of judgment.

  • Example requirement:

    • Bachelor’s + 0-2 years of experience.

  • Cannot involve supervision or complex duties.

Level 2:

  • Qualified level position performing moderately complex tasks that require limited judgment.

  • Example requirements:

    • Bachelor’s + 3 years of experience

    • Master’s + 0-2 years of experience

  • Cannot involve supervision or complex duties.

Level 3:

  • Experienced level position performing complex tasks that require exercising judgment and may include supervisory authority or coordination of the activities of other staff.

  • Example requirements:

    • Bachelor’s + 4 years of experience

    • Bachelor’s + 3 years of experience + supervision

    • Master’s + 0-2 years of experience + supervision

    • Master’s + 3 years of experience

Level 4:

  • Fully competent level position performing complex tasks such as planning and conducting work requiring judgment; independent evaluation, selection, modification, and application of procedures and techniques; and management and/or supervisory responsibilities.

  • Example requirements:

    • Bachelor’s + over 4 years of experience

    • Bachelor’s + 4 years of experience + supervision

    • Master’s + 4 years or more of experience

    • Master’s + 3 years of experience + supervision

 
Eren Yildirim