Davis Bacon Related Acts

Resources for New Hampshire prevailing wage contractors



Whether you are just starting out as a prevailing wage contractor or just looking to keep yourself updated, we have compiled these resources about state prevailing wage. Here are the most common questions of prevailing wage contractors and workers to help expand your knowledge!

The state of New Hampshire previously had its own prevailing wage law. However, it was repealed in 1985, causing all New Hampshire public works project to fall under the federal Davis-Bacon Act. The Department of Labor and the contracting agency are in charge of keeping prevailing wage contractors in check to make sure that they are complying with the regulations set by the Davis-Bacon Act.
To help you understand the prevailing wage in New Hampshire, here are some frequently asked questions and answer for you. For help with fully compliant fringe benefit plans in New Hampshire please get in-touch via email or give us a call today!

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Where can the most recent New Hampshire prevailing wage rates be found?

The most recent prevailing wage rates in New Hampshire can be seen at the Wage Determinations Onlinewebsite. To ensure that you are using the most accurate rates for your prevailing wage of Labor, also check your bid specifications and compare it with the official prevailing wage rates.

What are the required documents for New Hampshire prevailing wage jobs?
In New Hampshire, the certified payroll reports are usually the only required documents for prevailing wage jobs. The certified payroll reports must be submitted weekly, and must be sent to the designated general contractor. Some contracting agencies require additional documents for prevailing wage jobs. To ensure that you are sending all required documents, prevailing wage contractors must check with their partner contracting agency.
What are the rules governing the apprenticeship process in New Hampshire?
There are no state-mandated apprenticeship regulations in the state of New Hampshire. However, prevailing wage contractors who have contracts with a specific apprenticeship committees must follow the regulations of the committee. Apart from that, prevailing wage contractors must also contribute to the training fund of the apprentices. Apprenticeship wages in New Hampshire are not part of the wage decision.
How does requesting special prevailing wage determinations work in the state of New Hampshire?

Special prevailing wage determinations in New Hampshire should be requested by the contracting agency or officer from the Wage and Hour division at the Department of Labor. The contracting agency must acquire a copy of the Request for Determination and Response to Request form (SF-308) and send it to the Wage and Hour division located at Washington D.C.

Prevailing wage contractors waiting for special determinations must pay no less than the benefits and wage rates listed on the general prevailing wage decision under the Davis-Bacon Act for the most similar specialized trade.

Are there any scheduled increases that might affect my New Hampshire public works project?
Prevailing wage rates in New Hampshire generally have no pre-determined increases and are in effect for the whole duration of the project. However, special prevailing wage determinations may include pre-determined increases. The awarding body will be the one to give the special determinations to prevailing wage contractors. The process of requesting determinations will take at least a month to finish.
What is the method for determining prevailing wage rates under Davis-Bacon Act in New Hampshire?

The Department of Labor decides the prevailing wage determinations in the state of New Hampshire. They determine the wage rates by basing it on the hourly rate paid to workers on public works projects for a specific trade within a particular territory. These wage determinations can be found within your New Hampshire bid documents or the Wage Determinations Online website.


All prevailing wage contractors must ensure that they follow the rules and regulations under the Davis-Bacon Act. The contracting agency, as well as the Department of Labor, will keep a close eye on contractors by auditing and hiring on-site inspectors.
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