2015 Wage Survey

2015 Wage Survey Memo & Survey Instructions

The South Dakota Department of Transportation's (SDDOT's) Labor Compliance Program is assisting the U.S. Department of Labor in conducting a Davis-Bacon wage survey of wages paid to persons working on the site of highway construction projects throughout the state of South Dakota.

The purpose of this survey is to update South Dakota's Davis-Bacon Highway Construction minimum wage rates and fringe benefit rates. It is the intent of this office to address industry labor concerns of maintaining current competitive wage rates, which is critical in recruiting and retaining skilled employees.

Due to the statewide rainy weather during the week of June 8 to June 13, 2015, the 2015 Wage Survey has been extended to also include the week ending June 20, 2015. All contractors and subcontractors working on the site of the SDDOT's projects during the weeks ending June 13, 2015 or June 20, 2015, will be participating in the wage survey. Companies performing non-DOT highway-heavy work in South Dakota during the week ending June 13, 2015 or June 20, 2015, may voluntarily submit wage data to include in our survey. If your company does not perform any highway construction work in South Dakota during the weeks ending June 13, 2015 or June 20, 2015, this survey will not apply to your company.

To ensure consistent collection of wage survey data, the SDDOT-provided Certified Payroll Report forms must be used. The forms and instructions will be emailed or mailed in mid-May 2015, and currently are available below.

Wage Survey Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Can our company's payroll forms be used for the SDDOT's wage survey?

A: No. To maintain consistent collection of wage and fringe data, the SDDOT's payroll forms must be used for the wage survey. Payrolls for weeks ending June 13, 2015 or June 20, 2015 will not be accepted unless the SDDOT's Certified Payroll Report and Contractor's Statement of Compliance forms are used.

Q: How do we determine the "SDDOT's Wage Decision Date" to report on the Certified Payroll form?

A: The Wage Decision date is listed on the "SDDOT Highway-Heavy Minimum Construction Wage Rate" sheet that is in your contract (or in your subcontract). If the contract letting date was between 10-01-2013 and the present, the solar yellow Wage Decision date is 08-30-2013.

Q: Is it ok if we just report "equipment operator" in the Group Code & Work Class column of the Certified Payroll Report form?

A: No, you must provide a group code number AND a specific work class description. Examples: "GL1 Flagger" or "GL2 Striping" or "GO3 Rough Grader" or "GO3 Rough Grader" or "GO5 Backhoe >30T.

Q: If we send the week ending 06-13-2015 or 06-20-2015 survey payroll(s) by email, do we also need to mail them?

A: No, the payrolls that you submit for the wage survey will also satisfy the normal Davis-Bacon weekly payroll submission requirement. If you email your survey payrolls, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation that your survey payroll(s) have been received.

Q: Can we start emailing all of our future payrolls to the SDDOT?

A: Not at this time as the current Davis-Bacon Act regulations require that the Statement of Compliance (accompanied with the Certified Payroll Report) be signed and mailed. The SDDOT is in the process of exploring electronic payroll submission systems, which may be available in the near future.

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