This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has announced Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for H-2A agricultural workers in 2024 for range (herding or production of livestock) and non-range (agricultural labor or services other than the herding or production of livestock) occupations. The monthly AEWR for range occupations in calendar year 2024 is $1,986.76. The non-range AEWR varies by state and ranges from $14.53 to $19.25 per hour.
The AEWRs are for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers. AEWRs are the minimum wage rates DOL has determined must be offered, advertised in recruitment, and paid by employers to H-2A workers and workers in corresponding employment so that the wages and working conditions of workers in the United States who are similarly employed will not be adversely affected.