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North Carolina Prevailing Wage

Where can I find current North Carolina Prevailing Wage rates?

Current North Carolina Prevailing Wage rates can be found here.  Please be aware, for your actual Prevailing Wage job you will want to refer to your bid spec, as the rate may be different from what is posted on the website.

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In North Carolina, where do sub-contractors file their paperwork for Prevailing Wage jobs?

For Prevailing Wage jobs in North Carolina, sub-contractors file their paperwork with the project’s General Contractor.  The NC General Contract submits this paperwork to the contracting agency.

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Can you explain the North Carolina Prevailing Wage filing requirements?

North Carolina Prevailing Wage filing requirements include Certified Payroll Reports which are required to be completed and sent in on a weekly basis.  Additional paperwork may be needed by some contracting agencies, so it is important to confirm if there are other requirements.


On North Carolina Davis-Bacon projects, what are the rules governing apprentices?

North Carolina does not have a state mandated apprenticeship regulation, a requirement to request apprentices or a general training fund. However, if a North Carolina contractor is contracted with a specific apprenticeship committee, they must follow their committee’s apprenticeship regulations and contribute to their training fund. Please also note that Davis-Bacon Apprenticeship wages are set by the specific apprenticeship committee governing the trade and are not part of the wage decision.

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What should I know while I await my Special Prevailing Wage Determination for my Davis-Bacon job in North Carolina?

While waiting for your North Carolina Special Prevailing Wage Determination, you must pay no less than the benefit and wage rates listed on the general Davis-Bacon wage decision for the lowest specialized trade that resembles your actual trade the closest.  If for example, you are a plumbing contractor and cannot find “plumbers” on the wage decision, you will need to find another specialized trade and pay no lower than that trade’s Prevailing Wage rate.  When the actual Special Prevailing Wage Determination arrives, if you paid lower than what was decided, you will need to adjust your payroll accordingly.

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How can I obtain a Special Prevailing Wage Determination for my North Carolina Davis-Bacon project?

Your North Carolina Davis-Bacon project request for a Special Prevailing Wage Determinations should be requested from the federal Wage and Hour Division by either the officer or Contracting Agency.  In order to establish an enforceable benefit rate and wage for missing/unlisted classifications, Davis-Bacon & Related Acts provisions contain a conformance procedure.

    • A Standard Form 308 (SF-308) “Request for Determination and Response to Request” should be used by the agency (normally a federal agency) to request the Wage Determination for your project. The completed SF-308 needs to be sent to:  U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division, Branch of Construction Wage Determinations, Washington, D.C. 20210.  

Please Note: Project decisions are effective for 180 days and are applicable only to the particular project for which they are issued. If the project decision is not used in the period of its effectiveness, it is void. The contractor must initiate the request by submitting a Request for Authorization of Additional Classification and Rate (SF1444) to the Contracting Officer or Agency.

Will there be any increases or Special Wage Determinations that will affect my Davis-Bacon project in North Carolina?

Federal Davis-Bacon rules govern North Carolina since it is a Davis-Bacon state. While Prevailing Wage rates are good for the life of the project and do not have a pre-determined increase, special determinations can be requested by the awarding body on a per project basis. Please note, the special determination process will take at least 30 days.  The special determinations are specific to your particular Prevailing Wage job, and may include pre-determined increases.  The North Carolina contractors will be provided with the special determinations by the awarding body or contracting agency.

How do I obtain my Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations for my Prevailing Wage job in North Carolina?

You can obtain your Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations within the bid documents for your North Carolina job.  Please contact your NC contracting agency or awarding body if you cannot find the Wage Determinations.

How can I find Wage Decisions for my North Carolina Prevailing Wage job?

The federal government’s Department of Labor determines the Prevailing Wage in North Carolina.  This rate is determined by the DOL by basing it on the hourly rate paid on public works projects to a majority of workers who are engaged in a particular type of work, classification, or craft.  It is further based on workers who are located within the locality or nearest market area to your North Carolina job.  The single or modal rate being paid to the greatest number of workers is the Prevailing Wage Determination in the event that there is no single rate paid to a majority.

In North Carolina, how is Davis-Bacon compliance and auditing enforced?

Davis-Bacon compliance and auditing is enforced by the contracting agency.  The NC contracting agency audits payroll records for Davis-Bacon compliance and hires inspectors to perform on-site inspections and interviews.  The NC inspector can bring the DOL in for further enforcement if they find egregious errors in their investigation.

In the state of North Carolina, who is responsible for enforcing Davis-Bacon compliance?

Originally the contracting agency for your North Carolina public works project is responsible for enforcing Davis-Bacon compliance. In the event a North Carolina contractor refuses to maintain compliance however, the issue may be sent to the DOL Wage & Hour Division for further investigation.

Is there a state Prevailing Wage law in North Carolina?

There is no state Prevailing Wage law in North Carolina.  Because of this, public works projects contracted by the state fall under the federal Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and public works projects are governed by the federal Department of Labor. Relating to Prevailing Wage laws, North Carolina is a Davis-Bacon state (Little Davis-Bacon).

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