Prevailing Wages in Minnesota: What Contractors Should Know

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In Minnesota, prevailing wage laws apply to state-funded projects over $2,500 with one trade or over $25,000 with more than one trade. There are separate rates for highway/heavy construction and building construction. Penalties for not paying the correct rate include misdemeanor charges, fines, and prison or jail time. Let’s take a look at prevailing wages in Minnesota — how and when they apply, plus the penalties for not following them.

Types of projects where Minnesota prevailing wages apply

In Minnesota, prevailing wage laws apply to state-funded construction projects that are over $2,500 with one trade contractor or over $25,000 with more than one trade contractor. This includes projects both partially or fully funded with state monies, including school districts and universities.

Federally funded construction projects are subject to provisions in the Davis-Bacon Act.

Deep dive: How Do Prevailing Wage Laws Work in Construction?

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