H-2B Wage Methodology Revisions

Prevailing wage for the H-2B program is based on the highest of the following:

  • Wages established under an agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement
  • Wage rate established under the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) or the McNamara O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) for that occupation in the area of intended employment
  • Arithmetic mean wage rate established by the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) wage survey for that occupation in the area of intended employment (Editor’s Note: As of May 2010, the national mean hourly wage for 37-3011 Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers was $12.23.)

The Wage Rule also permits the use of private wage surveys in very limited circumstances.

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