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Prevailing Wage Determinations

To obtain a prevailing wage rate for non-agricultural workers, an application is submitted directly to the National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center, using ETA Form 9141. Instructions for this form can be found on the US Department of Labor website. 

Under the H-2A program, the employer must offer, recruit at and pay a wage that is the highest of the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) in effect at the time the job order is placed, the prevailing hourly or piece rate, the agreed-upon collective bargaining rate (CBA) or the federal or state minimum wage. If a new AEWR is published or the employer is notified of a new prevailing wage rate during the contract period and the application process, the employer will increase the pay of all employees in the same job occupation to the higher rate. 

AWER rates for each state are available for download at the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) website.

Agricultural prevailing wage rate schedules for each state are available for download at the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) website.