The State of Minnesota requires the payment of prevailing wage on all public works project paid for, in whole or part by state funds unless

  1. the projected total completion cost is less than $2,500 and utilizes only one trade or
  2. the project’s estimated total cost is less than $25,000 and multiple trades or occupations are needed to complete it.

Certified prevailing wage rates are set by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) and are established based on comparable wages for similar work in counties where the public work project is located.

Compliance Tips

  • Public work includes construction, remodeling, or restoration of public buildings that is funded entirely or partially by state funding.
  • Back wages maybe applicable if an employer do not satisfy the proper prevailing wage along with assessment of penalties for failure to comply with the prevailing wage law.