Prevailing Wage Rate
What is a prevailing wage rate? A prevailing wage rate is the hourly wage, usual benefits and overtime, paid in the largest city in each county to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics. Prevailing wages are established by the Department of Labor and Industries for each trade and occupation employed in the performance of public work. They are established separately for each county and are reflective of local wage conditions.
The DOL provides compliance assistance, including the preparation and submission of certified payroll reports, to contractors and subcontractors. The DOL and contracting federal agencies review payroll reports and statements of compliance to monitor payment of required wages. The DOL also conducts surveys, which you may participate in voluntarily, to determine local prevailing wage rates.
Contractors and subcontractors who willfully violate the regulations included in the Davis-Bacon or Related Acts may be terminated or barred from federal contracts or have payments withheld. Individuals who submit false certified payroll records are subject to criminal or civil prosecution. Federal law provides penalties for knowingly signing the statement of compliance if the facts are known to be untrue. Individuals who sign or submit a false statement are subject to fines or imprisonment as detailed in 18 USC Section 1001.