Tennessee DOL Announces 2016 Highway Prevailing Wage Rates

  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development announced Tuesday the 2016 Highway Prevailing Wage Rates. There was an increase in wage rates for 14 classifications, a decrease in nine classifications, and the wage rates for two classifications remained unchanged since 2015. The wage rate for one classification – Mechanic (Class II) Light Duty – increased more than a dollar and the wage rate for one classification – Bricklayer – decreased more than a dollar. 

“The Department of Labor and Workforce Development conducted an annual survey to determine wage rates for various job classifications for state-funded highway construction projects,” Commissioner Burns Phillips said.

 “Surveys were sent to 1,057 companies and data was solicited from Tennessee contractors involved in highway construction.  The department received 727 responses. The results are calculated and then published each year on December 1st.”

The Prevailing Wage Act protects wage earners from unfair practices regarding pay on state-funded highway construction projects. Contractors are surveyed annually and commission members have the duty of determining and setting the minimum prevailing wage rates for state-funded highway, road, street, and bridge construction projects.  Contractors are not permitted to pay less than the prevailing wage rates on state-funded projects.  

2016 HIGHWAY PREVAILING WAGE RATES

 

Classification

Craft Number

 

2016

 

Classification

Craft Number

 

2016

Bricklayer

1

14.26

Mechanic (Class II) Light Duty

 

14

 

19.53

Carpenter/Leadsperson

2

17.52

Painter/Sandblaster

15

26.36

Class “A” Operators

3

19.14

Powder Person Blaster

 

16

 

19.77

Class “B” Operators

4

17.08

Skilled Laborer

17

15.27

Class “C” Operators

5

17.75

Survey Instrument Operator

 

18

 

20.45

Class “D” Operators

6

16.48

Sweeping Machine (Vacuum) Operator

 

19

 

15.56

Concrete Finisher

7

15.55

Truck Driver (2 axles)

20

15.36

Drill Operator (Cassion)

8

25.26

Truck Driver (3/4 axles)

21

14.86

Electrician

9

24.08

Truck Driver (5 or more axles)

 

22

 

16.27

Farm Tractor Operator (Power Broom)

 

10

 

13.50

Unskilled Laborer

 

23

 

13.11

Ironworkers Reinforcing

11

16.29

Worksite Traffic Coordinator

 

24

 

19.05

Ironworkers (Structural)

12

16.89

Crane Operator

25

20.44

Mechanic (Class I) Heavy Duty

 

13

 

20.33

 

 

 

 

?For more information on Prevailing Wage please contact the Labor Standards Unit at 844-224-5818 or visit http://www.tn.gov/workforce/article/prevailing-wage#sthash.zd7gsdLa.dpuf.

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