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2020 H1B Sponsorship Report Popular States

This article is based off of our 2020 H1B Sponsorship Report. You can find more details on specific sponsorships or other information pertaining to the H1B, including our comprehensive H1B database, on our website in the International section.

This article focuses on the H1B Sponsorship Report Popular States


The top three most popular states on our list are the same as last year; New York, California and Texas. They each have 10293, 10055 and 3835 applications respectively and make up over half of all the business related applications for the H1B in 2020. The rest of the top ten states (with the number of applications) are as follows:

  • New Jersey (2624 applications)

  • Illinois (2321 applications)

  • Washington (2121 applications)

  • Massachusetts (1990 applications)

  • Florida (1350 applications)

  • Georgia (1110 applications)

  • Pennsylvania (949 applications)

By taking a closer look at the top three states we begin to notice some interesting trends, similar to the previous year.

In New York, all of the top employers are in either the Finance Services or Consulting industries. Most of the top job titles are below the $100k range, with only Vice President and Financial Analysts making it into the $100k-$150k range. Associates were in that range too last year, but they dropped just below the $100k threshold for 2020. The vast majority of all applications were done in the New York area, most likely for companies based in Manhattan.

In contrast to that, the majority of the top companies in California are involved in either the Technology and/or Internet and eBusiness industries, which isnít surprising given the region. While the majority of the top job titles are in the $50k-$100k range, unlike the previous year, there are a couple of job titles which surpassed the $100k mark, those being Product Manager and Product Marketing Manager. Moreover, while a significant portion of applications were for the San Francisco area, overall the applications are much more evenly distributed than those in New York, covering the entire state from San Francisco down to Los Angeles. The average salaries based on region are also higher on average than the other states on the top of our list, most likely reflecting higher living costs of the region.

In Texas the majority of the top employers are in the Consulting industry. There is also one of the top job titles, Principal Consultant, in the $100k-$150k range. The number of applications seems to be spread across the state the most evenly out of the three on the top of our list, with significant application in all of the major cities, as well as a few smaller ones, across Texas. Houston is, however, at the top of the list for number of applications, followed by Dallas.


Our report is divided into four sections : USA Overview, Popular States, Popular Functional Areas and Selected Employers. For each section we provided the most up to date and relevant information to make sure you are as informed as possible to better enable you to make the best decisions for your career.

Check out our full 2020 H1B Sponsorship Report and search our vast database to find out all you need to know about the H1B.

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Posted on April 20, 2021