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US Department of Labor seeks input from South Dakota building, heavy construction industry for wage survey to establish prevailing wage rates

Survey seeks information on construction wages paid from March 2023 to June 2024

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is surveying the building and heavy construction industry of South Dakota to set prevailing wage rates, as required under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, for the payment of construction workers on federally funded and federally assisted construction projects.

The DBRA directs the department to set the prevailing wage rates that reflect the actual wages and fringe benefits paid to construction workers in the county where the work takes place. 

This survey requests information about wages paid to construction workers on building and heavy construction projects in South Dakota where construction occurred between March 25, 2023, and June 25, 2024. This is a statewide survey and is not limited to federally funded construction projects. The data collection period will begin March 25, 2024, and will conclude on June 25, 2024. The department encourages all stakeholders to participate in the survey.

Participation in the survey process is critical to the publication of prevailing wage and fringe benefit rates that accurately reflect the rates paid in the area being surveyed. Complete determinations reduce the need for contractors to request additional labor classifications. 

The best way to participate in the survey is online. The Wage and Hour Division will send notification letters to interested parties and contractors known to the agency. The letter will direct you to the website where you can complete the survey online. To be included, please complete and submit the online survey by June 25, 2024. If you would prefer to submit the information by mail, you can contact the team at (866) 236-2773 and request a form be mailed to you. All contractors and other interested parties are encouraged to participate in the survey and do not need to have received a letter to participate. The survey can be completed online.

If you have questions about the survey process and forms, please contact the Davis-Bacon Survey Center at 866-236-2773 or 

People interested in getting more information about this survey may attend one of two free, online briefings that will describe the survey process and offer instructions for completing the survey. These briefings will be held on March 26 and March 28, 2024. 

 Register to attend an upcoming briefing. 

Learn more about the surveys

Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division and how to file an online complaint. For confidential compliance assistance, workers and employers can call the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243), regardless of where they are from.


Wage and Hour Division
February 29, 2024
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Media Contact: Scott Allen
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