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.
Guidelines for Workers:
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.
- You must be paid at least the correct prevailing wage rate for the type of work performed, regardless of your skill level.
- Prevailing wage rates must be posted on the project for you to see.
- You must be paid the total prevailing wage for all hours worked on the project site. The total prevailing wage rate equals the basic hourly rate plus fringe benefits.
- Your employer may take credit for the hourly cost of fringe benefits provided to you, such as health insurance, pension plans, vacation, and training programs.
- If your employer does not offer fringe benefits, you should receive the full fringe benefit amount in cash or on your paycheck.
- Pay for travel, mileage, meals or other expenses are not fringe benefits. They cannot be considered part of the prevailing wage rate. The exception occurs if there is compliance with Section 290.315 RSMo.
- Your employer cannot deduct for loss, theft, debts, damage, etc. without your permission.
- Apprentices may work for less than the prevailing wage rate. However, they must be individually registered with the Office of Apprenticeship. They may not be employed on the project over the allowed ratio in the Office of Apprenticeship standards.
- Make sure you receive the proper prevailing wage rate for the work you perform. Fill out your time cards daily. The time cards should include the number of hours worked in each occupational classification, the type of duties performed or equipment operated, and the time you started and ended work. Keep a personal time record, also.
- If you have not been paid the correct wages, you have the right to sue for double the amount owed you plus your attorney's fees.
If you are working on a public works project and not receiving prevailing wage rates,
file a prevailing wage complaint.