Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Frequently Asked Questions
IV. Davis-Bacon Wage Surveys
If I do not work on federally funded construction projects, should I participate in the survey process?
Yes. Contractors that do not work on DBRA construction projects should still participate in the survey process, and any usable data they submit within the survey parameters will be used in establishing prevailing wage and fringe benefit rates. Wage surveys are contractors’ chance to help ensure that the rates WHD publishes most accurately reflect prevailing wage rates, and contractors that do not work on DBRA construction projects have a particular incentive to participate in the survey process to the extent that the wage rates published on DBRA wage determinations may affect the labor markets in which such contractors participate. Moreover, data on projects that are not subject to a DBRA is used exclusively to determine prevailing wage rates for building and residential wage surveys unless such data is insufficient to determine a prevailing wage rate.