Prevailing Wage for Contractors

Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on Missouri public works construction projects valued at more than $75,000, such as bridges, roads, and government buildings. The prevailing wage rate differs by county and for different types of work. You can find the Annual Wage Order, which provides the current prevailing wage rates, here.

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Contractor's wage surveys

Each year, Missouri's prevailing wage rates are determined based on information provided through Contractor's Wage Surveys. These surveys may be submitted electronically to the Division of Labor Standards by Jan. 31. 

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. You can use our Public Works Guide 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. Submit wage information through the Contractor's Wage Survey to the Division of Labor Standards.