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Labor Standards -- Annual state prevailing wage survey



The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) conducts an annual voluntary survey of contractors in construction to determine state prevailing wage rates on commercial, highway/heavy and residential construction projects in Minnesota.

How to participate

Submitting your survey online will save you time.

Important survey dates

  • Surveys must be from any construction projects occurring on or after April 3, 2016.

  • Surveys must be submitted on or before the June 2, 2017 deadline.

Survey tips

  • Workers can be reported more than once, but only once for each project.

  • Workers reported on a survey must have worked at least eight hours on the project.

  • Where a worker performs work in more than one class of labor on a project, the worker shall be placed in the class in which the person worked the greatest number of hours.

  • Highway/heavy project data may only be reported if the cost of the project is $25,000 or more.

  • Commercial or residential project data may only be reported if the total cost of each project is $2,500 or more. Commercial construction includes apartment complexes and residential structures of three units or more. Residential construction applies to single-family and two-family homes.

  • Review classification titles to ensure correct reporting. For equipment operators, use the classification code under the highway/heavy list 302-397 or under the commercial or residential list 501-550; for paving and grading equipment for all types of construction, use the highway/heavy list 302-397. The classification list is available of the Office of the Revisor of Statutes website at 5200.1100, Minnesota Administrative Rules.

  • You can still submit paper surveys by mail. Visit www.dli/LS/Pdf/2017_complete_pw_survey.pdf to print a survey, then complete it and send it in.

Questions about the survey

If you have questions about the survey, call us at (651) 284-5091.

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