What is the Prevailing Wage?
The prevailing wage is one that the DOL has determined to be appropriate for this particular position in your geographic location and reduces the ability of employers to “low ball” their proposed wages to the detriment of their workers. It is defined as the hourly wage, overtime, and benefits that are paid to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics within a particular area. It not to be used interchangeably with minimum wage.
How to determine the Prevailing Wage
The first step that must be completed in the PERM recruitment process is determining the prevailing wage that is appropriate for the position that must be filled. It must also be noted that any advertisement that is placed must not display a wage that is any lower than the prevailing wage.
Why is this process necessary for PERM Advertising?
Establishing a prevailing wage reduces the ability of employers to “low ball” their proposed wages to the detriment of their workers and the United States Citizens. The federal government uses these types of standards in an effort to avoid situations where employers might try to pay workers from overseas less than American Citizens for the same job. These practices and checks and balances also help to assure equal opportunity for American Citizen to obtain the position versus United States companies from being able to employ non-american citizens cheaper than American citizens