Prevailing Wage Requirements

All workers employed on public works projects must be paid the prevailing wage determined by the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations, according to the type of work and location of the project. The prevailing wage rates are usually based on rates specified in collective bargaining agreements.

Exception: Project inspectors approved by the Division of State Architect (DSA) are subject to registration; however there is no craft that claims this work, and prevailing wages are not required for DSA-approved project inspectors on Public Works.


For more information and to find exact legal definitions and language please see the Public Works Chapter of the California Labor Code.

October 2016