MSD Implements New Prevailing Wage Program to Set Minimum Pay Rates


The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) is implementing a Prevailing Wage Program effective July 1, 2019.

The first wage order will take effect for all applicable projects advertised for bid on or after July 1, 2019. Subsequently, MSD will make a new wage order determination biannually, on or about January 1 and July 1of each year.

Under the Program, approved by MSD’s Board on April 11, 2019, MSD’s prevailing wages will be based on the wage rate most commonly paid, as measured by the number of hours worked at each wage rate, for that occupational title on construction projects completed in the City of St. Louis or St. Louis County during the reporting period.

In addition, entry level workers/trainees will not be permitted to work at a less than the prevailing wage rate unless they are enrolled in an US Department of Labor approved apprenticeship program and the ratio of trainees to journeymen on the job site shall not be greater than permitted under the plan approved by the Employment and Training Administration.

Contractors, labor unions and others interested in learning more about the MSD Prevailing Wage Program or in submitting hour and wage information should refer to the MSD website at

Questions regarding MSD’s Prevailing Wage Program can be sent

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