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Prevailing Wage Rates

Prevailing Wage Rate | Massachusetts Prevailing Wage Rate | Davis Bacon Wages

A Prevailing wage rate or “wage determination" is the listing of wage rates (sometimes called Davis Bacon Wages) and fringe benefit rates for each classification of laborers and mechanics which the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has determined to be prevailing in a given area for a particular type of construction (e.g., building, heavy, highway, or residential).

The Wage and Hour Division issues two types of prevailing wage determinations: general wage determinations, also known as area determinations, and project determinations. The term "wage determination" is defined as including not only the original decision but any subsequent decisions modifying, superseding, correcting, or otherwise changing the rates and scope of the original decision.

In the body of each prevailing wage rate is the listing of classifications (laborers and mechanics) and accompanying basic hourly wage rates and fringe benefit rates that have been determined to be prevailing for the specified type(s) of construction in the geographic area(s) covered by the wage determination.

Construction projects are generally classified as either Building, Heavy, Highway or Residential for purposes of issuing prevailing wage determinations. Prevailing Wage Rate schedules for one or more of these construction categories may have application to construction items contained in a proposed construction project. Guidelines for the selection of proper wage schedules are set forth in All Agency Memoranda Nos. 130 (March 17, 1978) and 131 (July 14, 1978). Any questions regarding the application of these guidelines to a particular project, or any disputes regarding the application of the prevailing wage schedules issued for the various construction categories are to be referred to the Wage and Hour Division, together with relevant information, including a complete description of the project and area practice.

Any interested person requesting reconsideration of a Davis Bacon wage determination or of a ruling regarding application of a wage determination to a specific construction project should present their request in writing accompanied by supporting data or other pertinent information to the Wage and Hour Division. The Wage and Hour Division should respond within 30 days or notify the requestor within this time frame that additional time is needed


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