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Prevailing Wage for Contractors

Prevailing Wage for Contractors

Contractor's Wage SurveysMissouri'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.

Guidelines for Contractors

The Missouri Prevailing Wage Law requires that all workers working 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. Request a copy of Occupational Title Rule.
  2. Your bids should be based on the rate for the scope of work defined for each occupational title (classification).
  3. Incorporate prevailing wages into your bid.
  4. Pay employees proper wage/fringe rate for the type of work performed.
  5. Submit certified payroll records to the public entity involved in the project showing all employees work classifications (occupational title), hours worked and rate of pay.
  6. Submit an Affidavit of compliance form to the public entity at project completion to receive final payment.
  7. 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. Hours Submitted either paper or electronic format shall be filed with the Division no later than January 31 of each year.