An employer is obligated to pay an H-1B employee the high of the "actual wage" for the employment in question or the prevailing wage rate for the occupation. The actual wage is the rate paid by the employer to all individuals with experience and qualifications similar to the H-1B worker's experience and qualifications for the employment. There are various methods for determining the prevailing wage. The regulations and rules covering this topic can be somewhat complex. General information can be found at: www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov.