Dollar Threshold Amount for Contract Coverage Under State Prevailing Wage Laws

January 1, 2023

Historical Tables

Table of Dollar Threshold Amounts for Contract Coverage Under State Prevailing Wage Laws




$ 25,000


$ 1,000 2

Colorado $500,000 for state funded public projects. Does not apply to Colorado Department of Transportation projects. However, the Colorado Department of Transportation is required to pay employees performing work on any public project, regardless of the amount or funding source of the public project, in accordance with the requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act.


$ 1,000,000 for new construction

$ 100,000 for remodeling


$500,000 for new construction

$45,000 for alteration, repair, renovation, rehabilitation, demolition, or reconstruction


$ 2,000




$ 50,000


$250,000 and either of the following criteria are met: (1) the contracting public body is a unit of State Government or an instrumentality of the State, and there is any State funding for the project; or (2) the contracting public body is a political subdivision, agency, person, or entity (such as a county), and the State funds 25% or more of the project.




$ 25,000 where more than one trade is involved

$ 2,500 where a single trade is involved




$ 25,000




$ 100,000

$100,000 for redevelopment project contracts

New Jersey

$ 2,000

$ 16,263

$ 50,000 – aggregate cost for maintenance and repair

New Mexico

$ 60,000

New York



$250,000 for new construction 4 /

$75,000 for remodeling 4 /

Certain types of construction, including school construction, are exempt


None, but major renovations are only considered public works if over $50,000. Further, any project that uses $750,000 of public funds is a public work regardless of the contracting entity


$ 25,000

Rhode Island

$ 1,000


$ 50,000, but only for highway construction. No prevailing wage on non-highway construction.



Virginia $250,000 or more if the contracting public body is a unit of State Government or an instrumentality of the State, and there is any State funding for the project; or the contracting public body is a locality that has adopted an ordinance requiring the payment of the prevailing wage for public works paid for in whole or in part by funds of the locality.


$ 100,000 or at least 50% funded by a capital construction act and costs more than $200,000.


None 5 /

Washington, DC

$100,000 6 However, federal Davis-Bacon rates apply to all contracts in excess of $2,000 for construction of public buildings and public works entered into by the Federal Government or the District of Columbia.


$ 100,000


1/ Twenty-four states do not have prevailing wage laws. These States are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

2/ California. Labor Code Section 1771 provides a minimum threshold of over $1,000. Labor Code Section 1771.5 provides a higher threshold of over $25,000 for construction work or over $15,000 for alteration, demolition, repair or maintenance work under the circumstances specified in that section.

3/ Indiana. Indiana repealed its Common Construction Wage Statute in 2015. Prevailing wages that applied to contracts for construction greater than $350,000 awarded before July 1, 2015 are still enforceable. Ind. Code § 5-16-7.1-2.

4/ Ohio. Ohio has distinct thresholds for work that involves roads, streets, alleys, sewers, ditches, and other works connected to road or bridge construction. The threshold for new construction that involves such work is $78,258. The threshold for remodeling that involves such work is $23,447.

Beginning January 1, 1996, and every even-numbered year thereafter, the Ohio director of commerce must adjust all the contract threshold amounts in accord with a formula set by the Ohio Revised Code, Chapter 4115.034.

5/ Washington. A separate law applicable only to State college/university construction provides for a $25,000 threshold amount.

6/ Washington, DC. Government contractors or recipients of government assistance shall pay affiliated employees and subcontractors who perform services under the contracts no less than the current living wage. Effective January 1, 2018, the living wage rate is $14.20 per hour. The living wage requirement applies to all recipients of contracts in the amount of $100,000 or more, and all subcontractors that receive $15,000 or more from the funds received by the recipient from the District of Columbia. D.C. Code §§ 2-220.01-2-220.11.

7/ West Virginia. Effective May 2016, West Virginia’s prevailing wage statute has been repealed, West Virginia Code §21-5A (repealed).

8/ Wisconsin. The 2017-2019 Wisconsin State Budget (2017 Wisconsin Act 59) repealed Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws. Effective September 23, 2017, state prevailing wage requirements on state building projects no longer apply. These changes take effect for projects advertised for bid after September 23, 2017. This change does not affect the Federal Davis Bacon Act requirements.

States without Prevailing Wage Laws

Alabama - repealed in 1980

Arizona - invalidated by 1980 court decision
Repealed in referendum in 1984

Arkansas - repealed in 2017

Florida - repealed in 1979

Georgia -

Idaho - repealed in 1985

Indiana - repealed in 2015

Iowa -

Kansas - repealed in 1987

Kentucky - repealed in 2017

Louisiana - repealed in 1988

Michigan - repealed in 2018

Mississippi -

New Hampshire - repealed in 1985

North Carolina -

North Dakota -

Oklahoma - invalidated by 1995 court decision

South Carolina -

South Dakota -

Utah - repealed in 1981

Wisconsin – repealed in 2017

West Virginia - repealed in 2016

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This document was last revised January  1, 2023.

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