Denver's Prevailing Wage
Contractors and subcontractors doing work at or in connection with the operation of any public building or doing public work on behalf of the City and County of Denver must pay their workers the prevailing wage. Denver Labor is looking deeper and analyzing more details in payrolls and invoices than ever before to ensure thousands of workers across the city receive the money they are owed.
Through outreach, education, and investigation, our prevailing wage team works with both employers and employees. Our team helps keep business moving and city funds going out the door to contractors and workers as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Denver Labor provides seminars and training courses to employers and community groups throughout the year and upon request. We can accommodate training and event requests in English and Spanish, both virtually and in person.
City leaders are supporting Denver’s economic recovery by kickstarting projects throughout the community. In Denver’s increasingly competitive job market, both employers and employees win when companies offer good wages that at least align with the law. Employers ensure positive customer experiences, top-quality work, and stability in staffing by paying their workers in full.
Our goal is to encourage cooperation and use education as our primary tool for community success.
This graph shows Denver’s unpaid wages recovered by the labor division of the Denver Auditor’s Office by year. In 2013, $101,905 were recovered. In 2014, $142,977 were recovered. In 2015, $84,232 were recovered. In 2016, $701,787 were recovered. In 2017, $417,271 were recovered. In 2018, $265,243 were recovered. In 2019, $678,559 were recovered. In 2020, $1,017,363 were recovered. In 2021, Denver Labor recovered $690,268 for workers.
Action Point: If you or someone you know might have been underpaid at work, we might have a check waiting for you. Check out our “Are You Owed Money” webpage to see if you, a family member, or a friend’s name is on the list. And if you think you were underpaid but we haven’t investigated yet, send us a complaint by filling out a complaint form online in English or Spanish or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.