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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 wage rate differs by county and for different types of work.

Each year, Missouri's prevailing wage rates are determined based on information provided by contractors, public bodies, labor organizations and other entities through the Contractor's Wage Survey. The Contractor's Wage Survey must be submitted to the Division of Labor Standards by Jan. 31.

Submit a Contractor's Wage Survey.

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. Submit wage information through the Contractor's Wage Survey to the Division of Labor Standards.