The DOL prevailing is split into four levels, with level one being about the 17th percentile of what average Americans are paid for the same job classifications. Currently most H-1b use the level one wage. Senator Durbin sponsored an amendment whereby only 30% of the H-1b at any company could be paid at level one. (The remainder could be paid at level two - which would still be below average.)
Oracle's vice president Robert Hoffman, who speaks for CompeteAmerica, opposes the amendment. "Thirty percent is an artificial barrier," said Hoffman.
Why does Hoffman oppose the amendment? Here are the DOL wages for Computer Programmer in Los Angeles:
- Level 1 Wage: $21.59 hour - $44,907 year
- Level 2 Wage: $27.88 hour - $57,990 year
- Level 3 Wage: $34.18 hour - $71,094 year
- Level 4 Wage: $40.47 hour - $84,178 year
The wage for an average-skilled American computer programmer in Los Angeles is over $64,000 per year. Yet Oracle objects to having to pay their H-1b workers more than $44,907.
How do we know that Microsoft, Oracle, and Google do not need H-1b due to a labor shortage?According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft received résumés from about 100,000 graduating students in 2004, screened 15,000 of them, interviewed 3,500, and hired 1,000. Microsoft receives about 60,000 résumés a month for its 2,000 open positions.
Working at Google is among the top choices of U.S. graduates, flooding Google with 1300 resumes per DAY.