2015 Report: How much H-1B visa holders make in the U.S.

shutterstock_268850816Ever wondered how much H-1B visa holders make? Now’s your chance to find out: San Francisco-based engineer Theo Negri has released a database of H-1B applications, searchable by company.

Whenever a firm based in the United States wants to bring in a worker via an H-1B visa, it must subm50fa1mdeit a Labor Condition Application (LCA) with the U.S. government. Every LCA features the potential worker’s proposed salary; compile enough LCAs into a database, and you can get a pretty good idea of how much companies are shelling out to bring in H-1B workers.

Quartz combed through Negri’s LCA database and came up with a list of the average salaries for H-1B holders at a number of tech companies. Topping the list was:

  1. Netflix, where the average H-1B holder could expect to earn $214,693 in 2014
  2. Box ($143,318)
  3. Etsy ($135,595)
  4. Twitter ($134,221)
  5. Airbnb ($134,039)


Many of these firms are willing to pay above the industry average for H-1B talent. Earlier this year, for example, Netflix applied for a senior database platform engineer at a $250,000 annual salary, nearly $100,000 above the average wage for that position (according to Negri’s data). Based on the LCA database, Airbnb seems willing to pay anywhere from $10,000 to $60,000 above the average for data scientists, software engineers, and other H-1B holders.

Many of these firms are willing to pay above the industry average for H-1B talent. Earlier this year, for example, Netflix applied for a senior database platform engineer at a $250,000 annual salary, nearly $100,000 above the average wage for that position (according to Negri’s data). Based on the LCA database, Airbnb seems willing to pay anywhere from $10,000 to $60,000 above the average for data scientists, software engineers, and other H-1B holders.

Earlier this year, developer Swizec Teller crunched H-1B data from the U.S. Department of Labor and concluded that the average engineer with the visa makes $87,000 a year, while developers and programmers earn $74,000 and $61,000, respectively. His visualizations also suggested that the number of H-1B workers in the United States has increased over the past two years, even if their average salaries have dipped.

Declining salaries or not, Negri’s data suggests that some H-1B holders can expect some pretty lucrative paydays.


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Large Iceberg spurs mini Tsunami

Iceberg breaking up in the Ilulissat icefjord, close to an archaeological site called Sermermiut.

*A quick note – some of the external links to this video have mixed information. To be more precise, this is a large iceberg breaking up, which had already calved from the icecap. The large ones often collect at the end of the fjord, where it is a bit shallower. The NASA image at the end of the video shows this a bit more clearly

For more information about the Ilulissat Icefjord visit http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1149

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VIDEO REPORT: Unhealthy Summertime Ozone Levels Ahead?

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Air quality expected to get way worse over the next 35 years in the continental United States due to current climate change trends.
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Huge Arctic Waves

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Scientists have recently measured huge waves where you would never suspect.

Watch this video on The Scene.

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Russia Planning to Build Permanent Base on the Moon


Russia’s eventual manned mission to the moon will involve the payload and the upper stage of the Angara A5 heavy lift carrier rocket. The rockets, all launched in pairs, will carry a piece of equipment essential to the moon mission.

Each rocket can carry up to 700 tons. The first pair will carry a lunar lander and a lunar rocket stage to the moon. The second stage will carry another rocket stage, along with an advanced crew transportation system. The third pair will carry another rocket stage, along with a lunar base.

Another component of the mission includes sending a lunar probe to the moon’s surface. The probe will look for water deposits on the surface that can be used by a future human colony.

Manned missions will begin orbiting the moon in 2028 and 2030. Humans are expected to find a land on the moon and establish a permanent moon base there at that time.



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New Legislation Enables Commercial Exploration and Use of Space Resources

The United States Senate just recently passed legislation that significantly advances the cause of opening space resources to humanity. Title IV of S.1297, also referred to as the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitive Act of 2015, promotes the right of U.S. citizens to engage in commercial exploration for, and commercial recovery of, space resources in accordance with international obligations and subject to supervision by the U.S. government.

“We are pleased to see the beginnings of legal clarity in the field of space resource utilization,” said Rick Tumlinson, Chair of Deep Space Industries. “This bill is a historic step forward and demonstrates that Congress can effectively and quickly pass legislation that is important to the country’s economic future. The hard-working legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill are to be commended.”

Title IV will spur an influx of capital into the industry and encourage entities to further develop plans and technologies to extract minerals from the vast numbers of asteroids and other resource-rich bodies in the solar system.

“This is a very thoughtfully worded piece of legislation that is sensitive to the existing Outer Space Treaty, and yet moves the ball far forward in terms of giving companies like DSI the legal certainty we need to invest in capitally intensive missions and equipment” said Daniel Faber, DSI’s CEO.

Establishing a solid legal foundation for the development of space mineral resources is a necessary first step in opening the frontier. This legal framework is essential for serious investment to occur in what may become one of the biggest industries of all time.

“We have the team, the technology and the science,” continued Faber. “This legislation gives us the legal assurance to put it all together into a successful business.”

DSI leaders and other members of the commercial space industry are impressed by the tone of the legislation, and point out that everyone involved, no matter their party, company or interest has been working hard to get this right.

“It is good for the country, and it is good for all mankind,” continued Tumlinson. “We encourage other nations to support similar legislation, enabling the space resource utilization industry to build a robust space economy and a better future for all citizens of the world.”

deep_space_indistries_logoAbout Deep Space Industries
Deep Space Industries is an international space resources company, utilizing the most advanced nanosatellite technologies to realize asteroid mining. To learn more about DSI’s asteroid mining projects, innovative technology, or world-renowned team of experts, please visit: www.DeepSpaceIndustries.com.

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Can we afford to go to space?

DSI-Processor-conceptSpace is not a government program; it’s the rest of the Universe. Private space business is now a major factor, bent on finding investors interested in generating profits by making space more accessible to more people.

Space business pays taxes to governments; it does not consume tax revenues. Further, space business can offer launch services to government agencies at highly competitive rates, thus saving taxpayer dollars. How can they do this, competing with government-funded boosters with a 50-year track record? Simple: governments have no incentive to cut costs.

Traditional aerospace industry giants have a huge vested interest in boosters that were developed to military and NASA standards, among which economy was not even an issue. But innovative, competitive companies such as XCOR Aerospace and Mojave Aerospace, without such baggage (and overhead) can drive costs down dramatically. This is a proven principle: notice that we are no longer buying IBM PCs with 64 k of RAM for $5000 a unit.

Even more important in the long view, space is a literally astronomical reservoir of material and energy resources. The profit potential of even a single such resource, such as solar power collectors in space beaming microwave power to Earth, is in the trillions of dollars. What would it be worth to the world to reduce fossil fuel consumption by a factor of 20 or 100 while lowering energy costs? Can we afford to continue pretending that Earth is a closed system, doomed to eke out finite resources into a cold, dark future?

Can we afford space? Wrong question. Can businesses afford space? Yes. We get to reap the benefits of their innovative ideas and free competition without footing the bill.


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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Energy? | HP


QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Energy? | HP The tech sector has become integral to societal progress and success, but how has tech influenced energy consumption and what does it mean for us going forward? Take our quiz to see how much you know about energy.

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AEI Online Event “The pivot to Asia: Rhetoric isn’t enough”

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The pivot to Asia: Rhetoric isn’t enough

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Lunch will be served.

AEI, Twelfth Floor | 1150 Seventeenth Street, NW | Washington, DC 20036

Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) sits down with former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) to discuss the security challenge China’s military modernization and expansion pose to the United States and its allies.

China’s military modernization and expansion present a security challenge to the United States and its allies that they have not seen since the end of the Cold War. While the basic concept of the Obama administration’s pivot to Asia — moving additional military forces to the western Pacific — makes sound geostrategic sense, many question whether the resources committed will be adequate for the task at hand.

Please join AEI as Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), chairman of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, sits down with former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) to discuss the challenge posed by China’s military and to outline next steps to ensure long-term security for the US and its allies.

If you are unable to attend, we invite you to watch the event live on this page and comment on Twitter with #ForbesatAEI. Full video and transcript will be posted within 24 hours.

J. Randy Forbes, US House of Representatives (R-VA)
Jim Talent, AEI

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To watch live online, click here on July 29 at 12:00 PM ET. Registration is not required.

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The World’s Smartest Drone available for Sale Now at $1,399

3D Robotics SOLO Quadcopter with 3-Axis Gimbal

3DRThe world’s smartest drone is also the easiest to fly. With features like pushbutton flight and computer-assisted Smart Shots, Solo makes it easy for anyone to get professional aerial photos and video. Solo is powered by two 1 GHz computers for the best and smoothest aerial photography experience imaginable, including many world-first technologies and a host of built-in safety and support features. And it’s the only all-in-one drone to offer live video streaming in vivid HD from your GoPro® directly to your mobile device—at ranges up to half a mile.
Besides the standard and obvious multi-use advantages, versatility and overall superior quality of the camera itself, the GoPro that is used with the Solo has several fields of view (FOVs) to choose from, each emulating the look of a different lens focal length.  At Medium or Narrow field of view, the footage minimizes most or all of the fisheye curve.  Any unwanted curve in the footage can instantly be removed in post with the included GoPro software. In addition to that, there are several aftermarket lens add-ons that can be used with the GoPro, adding increased functionality, including a rectilinear lens, if that is the look you’d like to shoot with. In comparison, the Phantom 3 uses a rectilinear lens which is designed to inherently remove the fish eye effect. This lens however, is not free from distortion.  As the camera pans, or objects move through the frame, an unwanted exaggerated transformation of shapes occurs.  For example, as a car drives through the frame, at the edges of the frame, it appears as a stretch limo, as it nears the center, it squeezes into the shape of a smart car, and then back into a limo again as it nears the other side of the frame. This can be seen if filming a sectional fence head on. While the human eye sees that the fence is composed of sections of equal lengths, the image on the screen would appear that there are much larger gaps in the fence sections towards the edges of frame.



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