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Apprenticeship Skilled Wage Rate Maps

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.

Where apprentices are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the specified rate applies. Where apprentices are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, DWD has calculated the wages using current labor market information.

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.

Skilled Wage Rate Maps

The linked files (pdf format) on this page display the skilled wage rates for apprentices that will become effective February 1, 2020, for all non-signatory employers participating in both the ABC and JAC programs. All apprentice wage rates must be adjusted accordingly on that date. Both programs, ABC and JAC, have their own geographical areas.

In addition, this page displays the skilled wage rates for apprentices that were effective on September 1, 2018.

Trade and Geographic Area Effective
Sept 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2020
Bricklayer, Blocklayer, Stonemason ABC JAC ABC JAC
Carpenter (Construction) ABC JAC ABC JAC
Carpenter (Millwright)   JAC   JAC
Carpenter (Residential) ABC JAC ABC JAC
Cement Mason   JAC   JAC
Concrete Finisher ABC   ABC  
Construction Craft Laborer ABC   ABC  
Electrician ABC JAC ABC JAC
Electronic Systems Technician ABC   ABC  
Environmental Systems Technician   JAC   JAC
Fire Sprinklerfitter ABC   ABC  
Heating, Ventilating, AC Installer Servicer ABC   ABC  
Heat or Frost Insulator ABC   ABC  
Heavy Equipment Operator ABC   ABC  
Ironworker ABC   ABC  
Roofer Waterproofer ABC JAC ABC JAC
Sheet Metal Worker ABC JAC ABC JAC
Steamfitter ABC JAC ABC JAC
Well Driller Pump Installer ABC   ABC