The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Three Benefits of Using CUPA-HR’s DataOnDemand for H-1B Prevailing Wage Determination

Does your institution hire faculty, professionals or postdocs who are foreign nationals? If so, you can speed up your H-1B application process by using CUPA-HR’s DataOnDemand tool to obtain a prevailing wage determination (the first step in filing an H-1B visa).

What Is a Prevailing Wage?

The Immigration and Nationality Act mandates that the hiring of a foreign worker should not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers comparably employed. To comply with the statute, the Department of Labor (DOL) requires that the wages offered to a foreign worker must be equal to or higher than the prevailing wage rate, which is the average wage paid to similarly employed workers in the occupation in the geographic area of intended employment.

How Do You Obtain a Prevailing Wage Determination?

You can obtain a prevailing wage determination in two ways: (1) by submitting a request to the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Prevailing Wage Center (the current processing time for which is more than two months), or (2) if the position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, by using an alternate source that meets DOL’s criteria for determining a prevailing wage.

Benefits of Using CUPA-HR’s DataOnDemand Over DOL

CUPA-HR’s salary surveys are one of the commonly used prevailing wage sources accepted by DOL, and the Prevailing Wage Report in DataOnDemand has successfully supported hundreds of H-1B applications.

By obtaining a prevailing wage determination in DataOnDemand, you can:

  1. get a better position match compared to DOL,
  2. obtain the prevailing wage determination in less time, and
  3. get a prevailing wage determination that is more realistically aligned with the salaries offered by your institution.

Filing an H-1B visa requires careful planning and preparation — and a lot of waiting! By using CUPA-HR’s DataOnDemand, you can speed up the prevailing wage determination process and get more accurate information based on your geographical region.

See a tutorial for running a prevailing wage report in DataOnDemand, view other DataOnDemand tutorials, and learn more about CUPA-HR research.