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Prevailing Wage for Public Bodies

Prevailing Wage for Public Bodies

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 wag 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.

Guidelines for Public Bodies

The Missouri Prevailing Wage Law requires that all workers employed on public works projects be paid the proper prevailing wage rate. Prevailing wage rates are determined by actual hours worked, for a particular occupational title (classification/trade), in each individual county throughout the state. Download the Public Works Guidebook to assist you with your next public works job.

  1. Submit a request form to the Division of Labor Standards to receive the Annual Wage Order (PW-3 form).
  2. Incorporate a complete copy of the most current Annual Wage Order in all bid specs.
  3. Submit a Project Notification - Contractor Notification Form (PW-2 form) prior to beginning any work. Also, by using the same form, submit a list of all project contractors.
  4. During the course of the project, review all payroll records to ensure prevailing wage law requirements are being met. Please do not hesitate to contact the Division with any questions at 573-751-3403.
  5. At the completion of the project, acquire a completed Affidavit of Compliance form from all contractors and subcontractors before making final payments. Please send a copy of the Affidavit(s) to the Division of Labor Standards, PO Box 449, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0449 or fax to 573-751-3721.
  6. 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. Hours worked during the calendar year are used to set the prevailing wage rates in the annual wage order issued in March of the following year.