What Is Prevailing Wage?

Prevailing wage is the minimum wage amount that workers on Missouri public works construction projects must be paid. It is required by law and determined by actual hours worked, for a particular occupational title (classification/trade), in each county throughout the state.

The Division of Labor Standards issues the Annual Wage Order each year. It contains the proper hourly wage rates, overtime, holiday and make up schedules for workers on prevailing wage projects.

Contractors, public bodies, and others submit wage information on wage survey forms to the Division. The information includes actual hours worked on commercial or heavy and highway projects in Missouri. The Occupational Title (classification) of workers must be identified. The highest number of survey hours received for an hourly wage rate paid is the prevailing wage rate for each individual Occupational Title in each county.

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