Median hourly wages for construction and extraction employees, by states with prevailing wage laws, May 2015

Hourly median wage Cost-of-living-adjusted median hourly wage (BEA RPP) Cost-of-living-adjusted median hourly wage (MERIC)
States with prevailing wage laws  $ 22.52  $ 22.40  $ 20.67
States without prevailing wage laws  $ 18.47  $ 19.82  $ 19.37
Percent higher median wage in states with prevailing wage laws 21.9% 13.0% 6.7%

Note: Construction occupations make up about 95.2 percent of the construction and extraction occupation category.

Source: EPI analysis of Occupational Employment Statistics data, Bureau of Economic Analysis Regional Price Parities (BEA RPP) data, and Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) data

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