NSCA members frequently ask about prevailing wage/Davis Bacon issues. In a time when competition for jobs is at its greatest, providing an intelligent bid can earn you a new job and save you money in wage rates.
This often controversial topic – due to employees requesting higher wages and employers needing to pay fair-market value – is a topic NSCA always receives several calls about.
Your participation in Davis Bacon wage surveys is crucial in determining prevailing wage and the fringe benefits costs on any federal job over $2,000 (and, in some circumstances, even privately funded construction jobs).
FY 2015 brings a variety of new wage surveys:
- New Hampshire (statewide) – Heavy and Building Construction
- Minnesota (statewide) Building Construction
- Alabama (statewide) – Heavy and Building Construction
- Arkansas (statewide) – Heavy and Building Construction
- Guam (statewide) – All Construction
- Mississippi (statewide) – Heavy and Building Construction
You may file an amended wage rate form when bidding on a job, but ensure that your classification has already been surveyed to save you time and money. Common amended (and non-surveyed occupations) include the Electronic Systems Technician, Audio and Video Technicians (27-4011), and Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers (49-2098).
Please review applicable classifications here.