Prevailing Wages

This is the page for articles about prevailing wages in construction. In short, prevailing wage laws establish a “minimum wage” for construction projects in certain states.

Prevailing wage laws exist for public projects, and they work to prevent the use of cheap, non-local labor that undercuts contractors in a geographical area. They exist to keep things fair and level the playing field by ensuring the minimum cost of labor is always the same across the board, regardless of whether or not local or non-local labor is used.

The Davis-Bacon Act established prevailing wage amount for federal projects. Regarding state projects, only 32 states have prevailing wage laws baked into the statutes.

Apart from making sure everyone is paid a fair wage, prevailing wage laws help workers know whether or not they’re being underpaid. There are hotlines and other claims systems in place for workers who have this concern, and GCs who violate prevailing wage laws could land in some serious hot water.

If you need help with prevailing wages in construction, you can browse the articles about prevailing wages below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you can check the Expert Center for some guidance. On the Expert Center, you can ask a question for free to get an answer from a construction attorney who is familiar with the prevailing wage laws in your state.

Most Recent Posts on Prevailing Wages

Common Certified Payroll Report Mistakes to Avoid

Last Updated on

Obtaining government contracts can be a lucrative business. However, working on public works projects means that there are additional regulations and requirements that must be met. One that contractors can...

Read more

Nevada Prevailing Wages Requirements & Penalties

Last Updated on

The Nevada prevailing wage laws were enacted to ensure that contractors and subcontractors on public jobs are paid a reasonable amount of compensation. These prevailing wages are established by comparing...

Read more

Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Rules

Last Updated on

Massachusetts is one of 32 states nationwide that requires prevailing wages to be paid on public construction projects. This article contains important information about the prevailing wage rules in MA...

Read more