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South Carolina Prevailing Wage

Who do sub-contractors file their paperwork with on their South Carolina Prevailing Wage job?

Sub-contractors working on a South Carolina Prevailing Wage job should file their paperwork with the project’s general contractor who will submit all paperwork to the contracting agency.

Is there an Associatated General Contractors (AGC) branch in South Carolina?

Yes, please visit their website for additional information by clicking here. The AGC is an excellent resource for helping South Carolina contractors better comply with Davis-Bacon requirements for your state.

For South Carolina Davis-Bacon jobs are there any Prevailing Wage filing requirements?

There are Prevailing Wage filing requirements for South Carolina Davis-Bacon jobs including Certified Payroll Reports which must be completed and sent in on a weekly basis.  Additionally, some South Carolina contracting agencies may ask for additional paperwork so you will need to confirm these requirements with the contracting agency.


Are there rules governing apprentices for South Carolina Davis-Bacon projects?

While South Carolina doesn’t have a requirement to request apprentices, a general training fund, nor an apprenticeship regulation, if a contractor is contracted within a specific apprenticeship committee then they must follow that committee’s apprenticeship regulations and contribute to their training fund.  The Davis-Bacon apprenticeship wages are NOT a part of the wage decision and are set by the specific apprentice.


My South Carolina Special Prevailing Wage Determination request has been submitted, do I have any other obligations?

Since South Carolina is a Davis-Bacon state, you do have obligations under Davis-Bacon and Related Acts.  You will want to look at the wage and benefit rates listed on the general Davis-Bacon Wage Decision for the lowest specialized trade that most closely resembles the trade in question, and pay no less than that rate.  If, for example, you are a plumbing contractor and can’t find plumbing listed on the SC wage decision, you would need to find another specialized trade (carpentry for example) and must pay no lower than the Prevailing Wage for that trade.  Once the special determination is provided, if you paid lower than what was decided upon, you must correct your payroll.


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

To obtain a Special Prevailing Wage Determination on your SC Davis-Bacon project, the agency or contracting officer will need to request the Special Preavailing Wage Determination from the federal Wage and Hour Division.  The DBRA provisions contain a conformance procedure to establish an enforceable age and benefit rate for missing/unlisted classifications.  In order to request a project Wage Determination, the agency (normally a federal agency) should complete a Standard Form 308 (SF-308)  “Request for Determination and Response to Request” and send it to the US Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division, Branch of Construction Wage Determinations, Washington DC 20210.

Please note: Project decisions are applicable only to the particular project they are issued to and will be void after 180 days.  A request for Authorization of Additional Classification and Rate (SF1444) needs to be sent to the contracting officer or agency by the contractor in order to initiate the request.

Will my Prevailing Wage rates ever increase or undergo special determinations on my South Carolina Davis-Bacon project?

As a Davis-Bacon state, South Carolina is governed by federal Davis Bacon rules.  As a result, Prevailing Wage rates are good for the life of the project and determinations have no pre-determined increases.  However, the awarding body can request special determinations on a per project basis.  Please note: this process takes at least 30 days.  The determinations are specific to the DBRA job in South Carolina and may contain pre-determined increases.  The awarding body or contracting agency will provide the contractors with these special determinations.

Where do I get Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations for my Prevailing Wage job in South Carolina?

South Carolina Davis-Bacon and Related Acts Wage Determinations  are required to be contained within the bid documents.  If you cannot find the Prevailing Wage decision, please contact your contracting agency or awarding body of the project.

Where can I find the most current Davis-Bacon rates for South Carolina?

You can find the most current Davis-Bacon rates for South Carolina here.  As an FYI, the US Government Printing Office (GPO) publishes a list for each state.  While the GPO website SHOULD be current, the Wage determination you use for your South Carolina job may be different.   Because of this, please do not rely on the website’s for your Wage Determination information.  For the most accurate wage decision, you will want to refer to the bid spec to ensure you are using the correct Davis-Bacon rates for you South Carolina Prevailing Wage project.

Who is responsible for determining Prevailing Wage rates in South Carolina and what is it based on?

In South Carolina, the federal government’s Department of Labor determines the Prevailing Wage rates. 

The prevailing wage rate is based on the hourly paid rate of puiblic works projects to workers of a certain type of work, trade or classification.  The rate is also based on workers who are located within the nearest labor market area or lacality.  If for instance, there is no single rate paid to a majority, then the single (or modal) rate being paid to the GREATEST number of workers becaomes the Prevailing Wage Determination for the South Carolina project.

Can you please explain how compliance of Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) is handled in South Carolina?

Initially, the South Carolina contracting agency will hire inspectors who perform on-site inspections, interview and payroll audits for Davis-Bacon compliance.  Should extreme errors be found in the inspection, the inspector would be able to bring in the Department of Labor (DOL) for further enforcement.


In South Carolina, who is responsible for enforcing compliance of Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA)?

The contracting agency is responsible for enforcing DBRA compliance in South Carolina.  If contractors do not maintain compliance, the contracting agency has the authority to send the issue to the DOL Wage & Hour Division to investigate further.

Does South Carolina have a state Prevailing Wage law?

South Carolina does not have a state Prevailing Wage law.  South Carolina is considered a Davis-Bacon state as public works projects fall under the federal Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) and are governed by the federal Department of Labor (DOL).

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