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News Release

U.S. Department of Labor Conducting Wage Survey of Heavy Construction Projects to Ensure Virginia Workers Receive Proper Wages

Industry participation urged to help ensure accurate reflection of wage rates

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In an effort to help establish prevailing wage rates, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a survey of heavy construction projects in Virginia to collect data on wages paid to workers, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.

The survey includes wages paid on all heavy construction projects that occurred in Virginia between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018. The survey is not limited to federally funded construction projects.

“Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rates should reflect the actual wages and fringe benefits paid to construction workers where the work takes place,” said Mark Watson, Wage and Hour Division Regional Administrator. “The U.S. Department of Labor can only accomplish this with strong participation by employers in the Virginia construction industry.”    

Without significant employer participation, wage rates may not reflect actual wages or create incomplete wage determinations, which lead to requests for further classifications. Wage data should be submitted for all projects meeting the criteria, regardless of funding sources.

Notification letters and data collection forms, known as WD-10s, are being sent to interested parties and contractors known to WHD. Data must be postmarked by Nov. 30, 2018, 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 1, 2018
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