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News Release

US Labor Department conducting wage survey of residential construction projects to ensure Pennsylvania workers receive proper wages

Industry participation urged to help ensure accurate reflection of wage rates

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting a residential construction survey in 25 eastern Pennsylvania counties to collect data on wages paid to workers to help establish prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

The survey includes wages paid on all residential construction projects that occurred between April 1, 2016, and March 31, 2017, in the following counties: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Delaware, Dauphin, Franklin, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Lancaster, Lebanon, Wyoming and York. It is not limited to federally funded construction projects.

“Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates should reflect the actual wages and fringe benefits paid to residential construction workers in the locations where the work takes place. This can only happen with full participation by the residential construction community in these eastern Pennsylvania counties,” said Mark Watson, the division’s regional administrator for the Northeast. “Participation by contractors and interested parties is crucial. Low response can lead to wage rates that do not reflect wages and incomplete wage determinations, which leads to an increase in requests for additional classifications.”

Notification letters and data collection forms, known as WD-10s, are being sent to interested parties and contractors known to the division. Data must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2017, to be included. To complete the survey electronically, visit

You do not need to receive a letter to answer the survey. If you would like to participate, or have questions regarding the survey process or completing the WD-10 form, contact William E. Schweizer at 267-687-4031.

Wage and Hour Division
June 8, 2017
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