The prevailing wage is the typical benefits, hourly wages and amount of overtime pay that can be obtained by certain sets of workers in certain areas across the country. Mechanics, utility workers and other employees in the field of public works are most likely to receive the prevailing wage, and each county establishes its own wages. The prevailing wage for a certain area is figured out by the Department of Labor and Industries, and it is determined through collective bargaining agreements and surveys. Generally, if more than 50 percent of a certain set of workers receive one hourly wage, then that becomes the prevailing wage for that county.
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