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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Frequently Asked Questions

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IV. Davis-Bacon Wage Surveys

How are prevailing wage rates calculated?

We first determine if more than 50 percent of the workers in a single classification are paid the union wage rate or the same wage rate. If so, then the union or same wage rate prevails for that classification. If not, a weighted average wage rate is calculated.