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September 2009

Missouri Prevailing Wage Rates Set for

State Highways and Transportation Construction Projects

General Wage Order No. 53 Now in Effect


Road WorkThe Missouri Labor Department’s Division of Labor Standards announced that General Wage Order No. 53 is now in effect establishing the new prevailing wage rates for use on all Missouri State Highways and Transportation construction projects.

The General Wage Order No. 53 contains prevailing wage rates for each county and the city of St. Louis for the following occupations: laborer, truck driver teamster, operating engineer, carpenter, traffic control service engineer, cement mason, iron worker, electrician -- inside wireman, electrician -- outside, and painter. The prevailing wage is the minimum rate that must be paid to workers on all Missouri State Highways and Transportation construction projects.

“Prevailing wage promotes and protects economic stability,” says Department of Labor Director Larry Rebman. “It is crucial during these tough economic times that Missourians working to make our roads and highways safer are paid the wages they deserve.”

The Division of Labor Standards is responsible for gathering wage information from public and private construction projects statewide on an ongoing basis from contractors, labor organizations, and public entities. The Division uses wage information to determine wage rates for each of the 10 different occupational titles for every Missouri county and the city of St. Louis. The largest number of hours reported at a given wage rate for the occupational title in the county becomes the prevailing wage rate.

Each year, on or before July 1, the Division files a General Wage Order with the Secretary of State with a 30 day objection period. If there are no objections, the prevailing wage rates established by the Division are final.

From July of 2008 to July of 2009, the Division received 315 prevailing wage complaints and found 126 violations. Contractors that do not pay the required prevailing wage rates to their workers are subject to a $100 penalty per day, per underpaid worker. Cases in which the Division determines contractors have willfully violated the prevailing wage law are referred to the local prosecuting attorney who may then file criminal charges against the contractor for up to $500 per violation, six months in jail, or both. In addition, when contractors are convicted or have pleaded guilty to violating the prevailing wage law, the Division will file notice with the Secretary of State to debar the contractor from working on any public works project.

To view the General Wage Order No. 53 or for additional information, please visit

mployees on public works projects who are not receiving prevailing wage rates should file a complaint by filling out the complaint form, or calling 573-751-3403.