How is the Public Works Contracting Minimum Wage (PWCMW) calculated? July 28, 2021 19:59 As provided in Section 290.257.2 RSMo., DOLIR will calculate the PWCMW by multiplying the average wage rate in each county by 120%. This average wage rate for each county is annually computed by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) housed within the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED). Related articles Should overtime be defined as work over 40 hours in a 7-day time period? When will the new annual wage order containing the prevailing wage and the public works contracting minimum wage (PWCMW) rates be released? If it is determined that I was not paid minimum wage rate and/or overtime rate, what steps will be taken to collect wages due me? Are benefits such as vacation, sick leave, and health insurance required? When DOLIR computes both the hourly wage rate for each occupational title in each county and the ”public works contracting minimum wage” (PWCMW) in each county, are fringe benefits added to the basic hourly rate?