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.
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.
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.