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Prevailing Wage

Prevailing Wage

Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on public works construction projects in Missouri, such as bridges, roads, and government buildings. The prevailing wage rate differs by county and for different types of work.

The Prevailing Wage Law applies to all public works projects constructed by or on behalf of state and local public bodies.

Learn more about how the prevailing wage is determined.

Annual Wage Order

All public bodies of Missouri contemplating construction work must get an Annual Wage Order from Labor Standards. The Annual Wage Order lists the prevailing wage rates on public construction projects in each county. The rates must be incorporated into the contract specifications for the job. This is the minimum prevailing wage rate required for the project. Employees are free to bargain for a higher rate of pay. Employers are free to pay a higher rate of pay.

Annual Wage Order No. 21 is final and in effect as of June 10, 2014.

Annual Wage Order No. 22 has been filed with the Secretary of State and is available for review. Continue using Annual Wage Order No. 21 until Annual Wage Order No. 22 becomes final.


The Division of Labor Standards (DLS) has notified the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (Commission) that, due to a technical problem, Annual Wage Order No. 22 (AWO 22) filed with the Secretary of State on March 10, 2015, contains erroneous wage rate information for multiple occupational titles across multiple counties. DLS has filed a Motion to Amend AWO 22 to correct the erroneous information and to correct typographical errors identified since the filing of AWO 22. The Motion to Amend is posted below. Subject to consideration of objections to the Motion to Amend, the Commission intends to approve the Motion to Amend.

All interested parties are advised to review the changes proposed by the Motion to Amend in conjunction with their review of the AWO 22 filed March 10, 2015.

Parties who have already completed their review of AWO 22 are strongly advised to review AWO 22 again in conjunction with the Motion to Amend.

Parties with objections to the Motion to Amend should file their objections no later than April 9, 2015.

Any objection to the Motion to Amend that has not been ruled by the Commission as of the time the Commission approves the Motion to Amend will be treated as an objection to AWO 22.

Review the Motion to Amend.

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