Skilled Wage Rate & Apprenticeship

The information contained on this page pertains only to non-signatory employers who employ one or more apprentices registered in a construction trade program.

Apprentice Wage is Based on Skilled Wage Rate

Wisconsin Chapter 106 provides the legal basis for Wisconsin apprenticeship programs.  S. 106.01 (5)(f) states that each Apprentice Contract must contain a statement of the compensation to be paid to the apprentice.  No apprentice may be paid less that the State Minimum Wage.  There must be a progressive schedule for wage increases over the term of the Contract.  In addition, the wage rate must average 60% of the skilled wage rate for apprentices over the term of the Contract.  DWD 295.05 sets forth the procedures for calculation of skilled wage rate for the construction industry.  

All wages collected are used to determine the Skilled Wage Rate for Apprentices, which is a different formula than is used to determine the Prevailing Wage Rate.

Where apprentices are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the specified rate applies.  Where apprentices are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, DWD establishes the skilled wage rate as the rate average, calculated as the mean, based on the geographical area of the appropriate local committee and distributes this information in the form of Skilled Wage Rate Maps.

Skilled Wage Rate Maps

The linked files (pdf format) on this page display the skilled wage rates for apprentices effective September 1, 2013 for all non-signatory employers participating in both the ABC and JAC programs.  The change is based on wage data collected by the Equal Rights Division as part of last year's Prevailing Wage Rate Survey.  However, unlike the formula used to determine the Prevailing Wage Rates, all wages collected are used to determine the Skilled Wage Rate for Apprentices.  Both programs, ABC and JAC, have their own geographical areas.

In addition, this page displays the skilled wage rates for apprentices that will become effective on September 1, 2014. 

Skilled Wage Rate Exceptions

There are exceptions to the use of the new Skilled Wage Rates.  
1.  Firms that have a higher skilled wage rate than the one determined by the Department are encouraged to use the higher of the two skilled wage rates in determining apprentice wages.  
2.  Firms that work on specific projects that have higher wage rates than the skilled wage rate for apprentices; such as, State Prevailing Wage Rate Projects or Davis-Bacon Projects, must use the higher of the two rates as the skilled wage rate while on that project.  
3.  Firms that work outside their normal geographic areas where there is a higher skilled wage; the employer must use the higher skilled wage rate for determining apprentice wages while working in the higher rate area.  

The Revised Skilled Wage Rates are effective on September 1st of the year shown below.  All apprentice wage rates must be adjusted accordingly on that date.

The links below lead to a Skilled Wage Rate map in PDF format.  Double-click the filename to open the file or right-click to save it.

Trade and Geographic Area

Effective
Sept. 1, 2013

Effective
Sept. 1, 2014

Bricklayer, Blocklayer, Stonemason

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Carpenter (Construction)

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Carpenter (Millwright)

JAC

JAC

Carpenter (Piledriver)

ABC

ABC

Carpenter (Residential)

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Cement Mason

JAC

JAC

Concrete Finisher

ABC

ABC

Construction Craft Laborer

ABC

ABC

Data Communications Installer

ABC

ABC

Electrician

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Fire Sprinklerfitter

ABC

ABC

Glazier

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Heating, Ventilating, AC Installer Servicer

ABC

ABC

Heat or Frost Insulator

ABC

ABC

Heavy Equipment Operator

ABC

ABC

Painter

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Plumber

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Roofer Waterproofer

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Sheet Metal Worker

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Steamfitter

ABC

JAC

ABC

JAC

Well Driller Pump Installer

ABC

ABC

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