Graphic 3: Adjusted Median Wages vs. Michigan Prevailing Wage 2005*

Class BLS Median BLS
Adjusted
Prevailing Wage Percentage Difference Note
Ann Arbor/Washtenaw
Bricklayers $27.77 $36.10 $44.27 22.6
Carpenters $21.06 $27.38 $40.86 49.2
Cement Masons $16.85 $21.91 $43.76 99.8
Construction Laborers $16.29 $21.18 $29.31 38.4 Hazardous Class A
Operating Engineers $22.99 $29.89 $34.50 15.4 Fireman or oiler
Electricians $31.01 $40.31 $49.19 22.0
Painters $22.81 $29.65 $36.66 23.6
Plumbers $29.70 $38.61 $45.62 18.2
Roofers $20.36 $26.47 $35.68 34.8
Sheet Metal Workers $28.69 $37.30 $49.72 33.3
Structural Iron/Steel Workers $20.57 $26.74 $45.86 71.5
Average 39.0
Battle Creek/Calhoun
Carpenters $17.62 $22.91 $32.15 40.4
Cement Masons $18.85 $24.51 $30.83 25.8
Construction Laborers $13.75 $17.88 $25.22 41.1 Class A
Operating Engineers $20.79 $27.03 $31.05 14.9 Oiler, fireman, heater oper.
Electricians $22.44 $29.17 $39.69 36.1
Painters $15.84 $20.59 $28.60 38.9
Plumbers $23.73 $30.85 $44.17 43.2
Sheet Metal Workers $26.28 $34.16 $39.32 15.1
Average 31.9
Bay City/Bay
Carpenters $12.98 $16.87 $35.25 108.9
Construction Laborers $14.36 $18.67 $27.17 45.5
Operating Engineers $20.11 $26.14 $30.70 17.4 Class G: Oiler,
fireman etc.
Plumbers $12.01 $15.61 $42.77 173.9
Roofers $19.11 $24.84 $33.51 34.9
Sheet Metal Workers $23.61 $30.69 $36.93 20.3
Average 66.8
Detroit/Wayne
Bricklayers $26.28 $34.16 $44.26 29.6
Carpenters $20.25 $26.32 $41.37 57.2
Tile and Marble Setters $30.67 $39.87 $35.99 -9.7 Tile finisher
Cement Mason $19.27 $25.05 $38.42 53.4
Construction Laborers $18.33 $23.83 $31.54 32.4 Undergound Class I
Operating Engineers $22.34 $29.04 $34.50 18.8 Fireman or oiler
Drywall Installers $14.09 $18.32 $37.30 103.6 Drywall Taper (only listing)
Electricians $31.16 $40.51 $46.88 15.7
Glaziers $22.75 $29.57 $40.02 35.3
Painters $18.84 $24.49 $36.66 49.7
Plumbers $26.93 $35.01 $49.58 41.6
Plasterers $19.19 $24.95 $38.32 53.6
Roofers $23.10 $30.03 $43.36 44.4
Sheet Metal Workers $24.58 $31.95 $49.72 55.6
Structural Iron/Steel Workers $29.38 $38.19 $45.86 20.1
Elevator Installer $29.75 $38.68 $47.71 23.4
Average 39.0
Detroit Suburbs/OAKLAND
Bricklayers $25.00 $32.50 $44.26 36.2
Carpenters $22.33 $29.03 $41.37 42.5
Tile and Marble Setters $20.20 $26.26 $35.99 37.1 Tile finisher
Cement Masons $22.55 $29.32 $38.42 31.1
Construction Laborers $17.11 $22.24 $31.54 41.8 Undergound Class I
Operating Engineers $24.02 $31.23 $34.50 10.5 Fireman or oiler
Drywall Installers $22.87 $29.73 $37.30 25.5 Drywall Taper (only listing)
Electricians $30.44 $39.57 $46.88 18.5
Glaziers $20.30 $26.39 $40.02 51.6
Painters $20.29 $26.38 $36.66 39.0
Plumbers $26.31 $34.20 $49.58 45.0
Plasterers $30.30 $39.39 $38.32 -2.7
Roofers $19.91 $25.88 $43.36 67.5
Sheet Metal Workers $23.59 $30.67 $49.72 62.1
Structural Iron/Steel Workers $25.39 $33.01 $45.86 38.9
Elevator Installer $28.72 $37.34 $47.71 27.8
Average 35.8
Flint/GENESSEE
Bricklayers $25.49 $33.14 $40.50 22.2
Carpenters $22.73 $29.55 $35.85 21.3
Tile and Marble Setters $24.45 $31.79 $30.31 -4.6 Tile finisher
Cement Masons $19.44 $25.27 $33.79 33.7
Construction Laborers $18.58 $24.15 $28.63 18.5 Hazardous Class A
Operating Engineers $19.84 $25.79 $30.70 19.0
Drywall Installers $20.11 $26.14 $31.19 19.3 Finisher (only listing)
Painters $15.69 $20.40 $28.87 41.5
Plumbers $29.08 $37.80 $47.06 24.5
Roofers $22.07 $28.69 $33.51 16.8
Sheet Metal Workers $29.41 $38.23 $42.90 12.2
Average 20.4
Grand Rapids/KENT
Bricklayers $19.36 $25.17 $32.91 30.8
Carpenters $17.62 $22.91 $31.15 36.0
Tile and Marble Setters $20.32 $26.42 $26.12 -1.1 finisher
Cement Masons $17.65 $22.95 $29.65 29.2
Construction Laborers $14.26 $18.54 $24.68 33.1 Class A
Operating Engineers $18.46 $24.00 $31.05 29.4 Class G: Oiler, fireman etc.
Drywall Installers $18.18 $23.63 $33.12 40.1
Electricians $21.24 $27.61 $35.49 28.5
Glaziers $16.74 $21.76 $35.66 63.9
Painters $14.14 $18.38 $29.09 58.3
Plumbers $21.96 $28.55 $40.68 42.5
Plasterers $19.97 $25.96 $29.86 15.0
Roofers $13.47 $17.51 $23.75 35.6
Sheet Metal Workers $18.96 $24.65 $34.62 40.5
Structural Iron/Steel Workers $21.80 $28.34 $33.74 19.1
Elevator Installer $33.31 $43.30 $44.78 3.4
Average 31.5
Holland/OTTAWA
Bricklayers $18.92 $24.60 $32.91 33.8
Carpenters $16.46 $21.40 $31.15 45.6
Cement Masons $15.37 $19.98 $29.65 48.4
Construction Laborers $12.84 $16.69 $24.68 47.9 Class A
Operating Engineers $17.79 $23.13 $31.05 34.3 Class G: Oiler, fireman etc.
Drywall Installers $17.70 $23.01 $33.12 43.9 Taper and finisher
Electricians $19.75 $25.68 $35.49 38.2
Painters $16.15 $20.99 $29.09 38.6
Plumbers $21.45 $27.89 $40.68 45.9
Roofers $13.65 $17.75 $23.75 33.8
Sheet Metal Workers $15.32 $19.92 $34.62 73.8
Average 44.0
Jackson/Jackson
Carpenters $19.48 $25.32 $34.67 36.9
Cement Masons $17.20 $22.36 $33.02 47.7
Construction Laborers $13.68 $17.78 $28.80 61.9 Class A Hazardous
Operating Engineers $19.24 $25.01 $30.70 22.7
Electricians $23.22 $30.19 $49.19 63.0
Plumbers $20.34 $26.44 $44.17 67.0
Average 49.9
Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo
Bricklayers $17.30 $22.49 $36.56 62.6
Carpenters $18.20 $23.66 $32.15 35.9
Cement Masons $18.01 $23.41 $30.83 31.7
Construction Laborers $16.86 $21.92 $25.22 15.1
Operating Engineers $21.94 $28.52 $31.05 8.9
Electricians $15.74 $20.46 $36.62 79.0
Painters $16.72 $21.74 $28.60 31.6
Plumbers $26.70 $34.71 $38.94 12.2
Roofers $16.73 $21.75 $29.49 35.6
Sheet Metal Workers $22.45 $29.18 $39.32 34.7
Average 34.7
Lansing/INGHAM
Bricklayers $23.82 $30.97 $38.74 25.1
Carpenters $18.42 $23.95 $35.47 48.1
Tile and Marble Setters $18.88 $24.54 $26.12 6.4 Finisher
Cement Masons $25.14 $32.68 $33.02 1.0
Construction Laborers $17.71 $23.02 $28.02 21.7
Operating Engineers $18.85 $24.51 $30.70 25.3
Drywall InstallerS $12.91 $16.78 $33.12 97.3
Electricians $23.84 $30.99 $49.19 58.7
Glaziers $22.17 $28.82 $35.66 23.7
Painters $13.04 $16.95 $29.09 71.6
Plumbers $21.31 $27.70 $44.17 59.4
Roofers $13.00 $16.90 $30.75 82.0
Sheet Metal Workers $20.86 $27.12 $39.32 45.0
Structural Iron/Steel WorkerS $22.18 $28.83 $45.86 59.1
Average 44.6
Monroe/Monroe
Carpenters $17.00 $22.10 $41.37 87.2
Cement Masons $23.69 $30.80 $35.55 15.4
Construction Laborers $16.01 $20.81 $29.31 40.8 Hazardous Class A
Painters $21.00 $27.30 $36.66 34.3
Plumbers $21.00 $27.30 $40.91 49.9
Sheet Metal Workers $19.15 $24.89 $42.73 71.6
Average 49.0
Muskegon/Muskegon
Carpenters $10.77 $14.00 $31.15 122.5
Construction Laborers $13.94 $18.12 $24.68 36.2 Class A
Operating Engineers $19.36 $25.17 $31.05 23.4 Class G: Oiler, fireman etc.
Painters $11.45 $14.89 $29.09 95.4
Roofers $11.13 $14.47 $24.04 66.1
Average 68.7
Benton Harbor/BERRIEN
Carpenters $15.04 $19.55 $32.15 64.4
Construction Laborers $12.34 $16.04 $25.22 57.2
Operating Engineers $18.62 $24.21 $31.05 28.3
Electricians $27.19 $35.35 $40.27 13.9
Painters $15.78 $20.51 $28.60 39.4
Plumbers $21.10 $27.43 $38.94 42.0
Roofers $15.99 $20.79 $31.23 50.2
Sheet Metal Workers $19.48 $25.32 $38.81 53.3
Average 43.6
Saginaw/SAGINAW
Bricklayers $17.17 $22.32 $36.05 61.5
Carpenters $17.24 $22.41 $35.25 57.3
Cement Masons $13.61 $17.69 $33.19 87.6
Construction Laborers $18.49 $24.04 $27.17 13.0
Operating Engineers $19.28 $25.06 $30.70 22.5
Drywall Installers $22.76 $29.59 $29.55 -0.1 Finisher
Electricians $30.42 $39.55 $39.23 -0.8
Painters $28.68 $37.28 $27.83 -25.4
Plumbers $31.23 $40.60 $42.77 5.3
Roofers $15.73 $20.45 $33.51 63.9
Sheet Metal Workers $26.09 $33.92 $36.93 8.9
Structural Iron/Steel Workers $23.50 $30.55 $45.86 50.1
Average 28.7
Average of All Sample Categories 39.1

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth


* The state prevailing wage figures are provided by county, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics median wage figures are provided by metropolitan statistical area.

The adjustment is a 30 percent increase to account for fringe benefits.

This figure represents the percentage by which the prevailing wage exceeds the adjusted Bureau of Labor Statistics wage.