NYC Wage Standards

Prevailing Wage Schedules

Prevailing wage is the wage and benefit rate set annually by the New York City Comptroller for each trade or occupation for employers performing public works projects and building service work on New York City government-funded work sites.

Prevailing wage rates for construction work on New York City public works projects are required by New York State Labor Law Article Eight. These rates are contained in the Construction Worker and Construction Apprentice Schedules.

Prevailing wage rates for building service work are required by New York State Labor Law Article Nine for contracts with New York City government agencies, by New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 421-a for certain buildings receiving tax exemption benefits and by NYC Administrative Code Section 6-130 for certain buildings receiving financial assistance from, or leasing space to, New York City government. These rates are contained in the Building Service Employee Schedule.

Prevailing wage rates for food services or temporary office services for contracts with New York City government agencies are required by NYC Administrative Code 6-109. These rates are contained in the NYC Service Contractors Schedule.

Living Wage Schedules

Living wage is the minimum wage and benefit rate set by law for employers that enter into certain service contracts with New York City government agencies, or receive certain types of financial assistance from New York City government.

Living wage rates for homecare services, day care services, head start services or services to persons with cerebral palsy for contracts with New York City government agencies are required by NYC Administrative Code Section 6-109. These rates are contained in the NYC Service Contractors Schedule.

Living wage rates for employers that receive financial assistance from New York City government are required by NYC Administrative Code Section 6-134. These rates are contained in the NYC Financial Assistance Recipients Schedule.

Minimum Average Hourly Wage Rates

Minimum Average Hourly Wage applies only to construction work on residential buildings with 300 or more rental units that will receive tax exemption benefits under Real Property Tax Law Section 421-a. The Minimum Average Hourly Wage is not a prevailing wage or a minimum hourly wage that must be paid to each construction worker on a project; it is the average of the total compensation (including benefits) provided to all construction workers on a project divided by the total hours they all worked. The Minimum Average Hourly Wage is:

$60 per hour in Manhattan south of 96th Street, and

$45 per hour in Brooklyn and Queens within one mile of the East River waterfront.