Below are some frequently asked questions about prevailing wage laws in Missouri. Contact us for any specific questions.
What is Prevailing Wage?
The prevailing wage rate was established to ensure that contractors have a level playing field when bidding on government projects and ensuring that construction workers are paid a fair wage when working on them. These hourly wages and fringe benefits are based on craft and location.
Basics of Prevailing Wage Rates in Missouri
The Missouri prevailing wage law applies to public works projects constructed by or on behalf of state or local governments. These projects must be valued over $75,000 or more for the prevailing wage rate to apply.

The Missouri Department of Labor requires a contractor to maintain certified payroll records. These records and an Affidavit of Compliance must be submitted before the final payment.

Changes in the Prevailing Wage Rate
A prevailing wage order was issued based on a survey of contractors working on projects valued above $75,000 and 1,000 hours worked. This wage order has been created for specific occupational titles in each county. See more information on how prevailing wages are determined.

Each year on July 1 this new wage order is released. It lists the prevailing wage rates for the next year in each county.

Contractors should refer to the date of the bid advertisement to determine what wage rates must be used for the project.

Threshold Requirement
Public projects valued at $75,000 or less, are not subject to the prevailing wage law.

On projects that are valued at $10,000 or less there is not a requirement for a competitive bidding process.

Overtime Determinations
Working overtime is defined by the state of Missouri as working over 10 hours a day or 40 hours a week. The rate of pay for overtime on a prevailing wage project is time and a half of the total amount of wages and fringe benefits combined. 

Holiday pay is twice the total amount of wages and fringe benefits combined. 

Forms and More Information
For the state certified payroll reporting form, click here.

For prevailing wage determinations, click here.

For more information regarding prevailing wage laws on public works projects, click here.

Have any questions about prevailing wage laws? Let us know and one our Certified Payroll Specialist will be in touch.

The material presented here is educational in nature and is not intended to be, nor should be relied upon, as legal or financial advice. Please consult with an attorney or financial professional for advice.