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