Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. General Provisions

Apprentice Wage Rate

39-6-108. Apprentice wage rate. (1) Except as provided in subsection (3), a wage paid to an apprentice employed for construction services, as defined in 18-2-401, under Title 18, chapter 2, part 4, must:

(a) be based on the standard prevailing rate of wages for construction services, as defined in 18-2-401, for a prevailing wage rate district as provided in 18-2-411; and

(b) increase progressively to no more than the employer's lowest journeyman hourly wage from a starting wage of no less than 40% of the hourly wage paid to a journeyman in the same occupation and working in the same area or region. A higher wage must be paid if required by federal law, by other state law, or by contract. If the apprentice performs labor in more than one locality, the apprentice must be paid based on the progressive wage schedule for the journeyman wage rate in the area in which the apprentice is working.

(2) The wage does not include a travel allowance or benefits. Benefits must be paid to an apprentice if work is being performed on a project that is covered by requirements to pay the Montana prevailing wage or a project covered by the federal Davis-Bacon Act, pursuant to 29 CFR, parts 1, 3, and 5.

(3) Wages paid under an individual's written apprenticeship agreement registered with the department as of October 1, 2006, are excluded from the rate set in subsection (1).

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 538, L. 2005; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 15, L. 2013.