Missouri’s Prevailing Wage Law applies to project valued over $75,000 constructed by or on behalf of Missouri state or local entities. If a project is above this threshold the Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate. Examples of public works projects include bridges, roads and government buildings. To be in compliance, the rates must be incorporated into contract specifications for all public works jobs, however, employees are free to bargain for a higher rate of pay. The prevailing wage rate differs by county and for different types of work.

Compliance Tips:

  • All workers performing work under a public construction contract must be paid not less than the prevailing hourly rate of wages.
  • The contractor will forfeit a penalty to the contracting public body of $100 per day (or portion of a day) for each worker that is paid less than the prevailing rate for any work done under the contract by the contractor or by any subcontractor.
  • A legible list of all prevailing wage rates must remain posted in a prominent and easily accessible place at the worksite by each contractor and subcontractor on the project.