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OFLC Issues Wage Data Update for Wage Year July 2021

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has published the latest prevailing wage data from the Occupational Employment Survey as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for July 2021 through June 2022. The effective date is July 1, 2021. Prevailing wage determinations issued from the National Prevailing Wage Center will reflect the new data. 

In the below examples, for SOC Code 15-1132 Software Developer, Applications, the Level 2 wages have increased in the following manner:

Dallas, TX – $479 increase, from $93,558/year to $94,037/year

Chicago, IL – $3,099 increase, from $87,838/year to $90,397/year

New York City, NY – $1,228 increase, from $100,526/year to $101,754/year

OFLC intends to delay implementing the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes until July 2022. OFLC will continue using the 2010 SOC during the July 2021 through June 2022 wage year and will apply the OEWS 2019 Hybrid Structure wage estimates generated by BLS for the 2010 SOC occupations. BLS has announced that it will solely use the 2018 SOC in Spring 2022 when it publishes the May 2021 OEWS estimates. Currently, O*NET is still undergoing data collection, and there are several 2018 SOC occupations that lack data for certain occupational norms, such as job zone information. For these reasons, OFLC plans to delay implementation of 2018 SOC until the July 2022 wage year.

The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has provided wage data collected under the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program for use in the Foreign Labor Certification process since 1998. The wage data is available on the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center Online Wage Library (OWL), found at the following website: