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Davis-Bacon Act


Davis-Bacon Act was approved March 3, 1931 and relates to the rate of wages for laborers and mechanics employed by contractors and subcontractors on public buildings.  The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, apply to contractors and subcontractors performing on federally funded or assisted contracts in excess of $2,000 for the construction, alteration, or repair (including painting and decorating) of public buildings or public works. Davis-Bacon Act and Related Act contractors and subcontractors must pay their laborers and mechanics employed under the contract no less than the locally prevailing wages and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar projects in the area. The Davis-Bacon Act directs the Department of Labor to determine such locally prevailing wage rates. The Davis-Bacon Act applies to contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia contracts. The Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage provisions apply to the “Related Acts,” under which federal agencies assist construction projects through grants, loans, loan guarantees, and insurance.


The links provide assistance with compliance of the Davis-Bacon Act and Related Acts for wage determination guidelines for federally funded construction projects.

Compliance Assistance

Forms and Posters

Wage Determinations

Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Davis-Bacon and Related Acts



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