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Check out the Prevailing Wage Rates for Ohio to see if you are being paid the correct wage.

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The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Effects of Ohio's Prevailing Wage Law

In 2017, researchers from Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, and Colorado State University studied the effect of Prevailing Wage laws in several states and determined that any weakening of Ohio's Prevailing Wage law would not result in any significant savings to taxpayers.


The study found that, nationally, labor accounts for only 23% of a project's cost. Cutting worker's wages would have little to no effect on the project's total cost. Research also shows that the overwhelming majority of peer-reviewed research found no evidence that weakening Prevailing Wage laws decreases construction costs.
Click here to download the Executive Summary for this study. For a copy of the full, printed study, contact Chris Zimmer at 614-228-5446.


Prevailing Wage

Ohio's Prevailing Wage Laws protect union workers and working-class families by providing fair wages, meaningful employment and training opportunities. Learn how YOU can help protect Prevailing Wage from constant attacks by knowing the facts about the law and all it does.


Prevailing Wage Laws

Protecting Skilled Construction Workers

ACT Ohio works to defend and protect the State of Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law, which is key to protecting Ohio’s construction workers and their wages and benefits – while also protecting the state’s citizens by allowing for the sustainability of a construction workforce that delivers quality projects on-time and on-budget and supports local economies.

Prevailing Wage Laws require construction contractors who work on public projects to pay construction workers at least the prevailing wages and benefits in the area in which they are working. The Prevailing Wages are the actual hourly wages, benefits and overtime to be paid to workers, calculated by the U.S. and Ohio Departments of Labor for construction trades.

Ohio has had a Prevailing Wage Law in place since 1931 to protect its construction trades workers.

Research has consistently shown that Prevailing Wage Laws do not result in significant cost variations on construction projects and, in fact, can produce cost savings as the result of better investment in the workforce and the resulting higher-quality and on-time construction.

School Construction Falters without Prevailing Wages

When the State of Ohio lifted the Prevailing Wage Law for State-Funded School Construction in 2001, there was a documented surge in the poor and substandard quality of work being done on numerous schools across the state, leading to costly overruns and repairs.

The Benefits of Prevailing Wage Laws

For Workers

  • Prevailing Wages protect construction workers’ wages because contractors are not able to undercut the set wages.
  • Prevailing Wages protect construction workers’ benefits because contractors are more likely to provide benefits to the skilled workforce that results when prevailing wages are paid.

For Contractors

  • Prevailing Wages produce a better-skilled workforce and higher-quality construction because contractors will invest in worker training and safety programs.

For Project Owners

  • Prevailing Wages protect customers by keeping overrun costs low and quality high by utilizing a workforce that is paid properly to do the job right the first time.
  • Prevailing Wages result in fewer workplace accidents because contractors are more likely to employ workers who are well-trained.