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As of January 1, 2020, all workers within the city and county of Denver must be paid the minimum wage. The citywide minimum wage is set at $12.85 for 2020. Employers may reduce their minimum wage obligations by using tip credits. During the 2019 legislative session, the Colorado legislature enacted a new statute permitting local governments to set a jurisdiction-wide minimum wage. In November 2019, the Denver City Council created Denver Revised Municipal Code Chapter 33.7-16, which sets the local minimum wage for Denver and prescribes the means for setting, enforcing, and complying with the new local minimum wage.

Denver’s Prevailing Wage Ordinance (§20-76) requires payment of the prevailing wage on contracts with the City, and is enforced by the Auditor’s Office.

Contractors and subcontractors doing work at or in connection with the operation of any public building or public work on behalf of the City and County of Denver must pay their workers prevailing wage. Prevailing wage is required on  contracts of $2,000 or more for construction, improvement, repair, maintenance, demolition, or janitorial work.

Prevailing Wage Overview (PDF)

During the 2019 legislative session, the Colorado legislature enacted a new statute permitting local governments to set a jurisdiction-wide minimum wage. In November 2019, the Denver City Council created Denver Revised Municipal Code Chapter 33.7-16, which sets the local minimum wage for Denver and prescribes the means for setting, enforcing, and complying with the new local minimum wage.Learn and read more via our Minimum Wage Overview (PDF)

Beginning July 1, 2019, it’s the law. Denver Revised Municipal Code §20-82 prescribes the city’s minimum wage requirements, “every person or entity that provides any of the following services: concession services; catering services; maintenance services; ramp and cargo services; hospitality services; miscellaneous services; or security services as defined in this division (“covered services”) to the city, or on city property for more than thirty (30) consecutive days in a calendar year, or pursuant to a negotiated contractual requirement, shall pay all covered workers not less than a “city minimum wage” as calculated pursuant to subsection (c) for covered work.”

Learn and read more via our Minimum Wage Overview (PDF)

Prevailing Wage: FAQ

What Are the Prevailing Wage Ordinances?

The following files contain portions of the Denver Revised Municipal Code (DRMC) or ordinances pertaining to Prevailing Wage:

Where Is The List of Who Is Owed Money?

The Auditor’s Prevailing Wage staff ensure that people working on City projects get paid fairly by investigating that City contractors meet the standards of the Prevailing and Living Wage ordinances. If you did work under a City contractor or on Denver-owned property, you might be owed back pay. View the list here

How Can I Learn More About LCP Tracker?

Contractors working on Denver projects are expected to regularly report their payroll information to show compliance with prevailing wage. To do this, we use a system called LCP tracker. Use these tutorials to guide you through the process. View those tutorials here

How Do I Get Started?

All the forms you could need for Prevailing Wage.

What Are Wage Determinations?

The Prevailing Wage section of the Auditor’s Office monitors and enforces compliance with Denver’s prevailing and living wage laws, ensuring that proper wages are paid and work performed is appropriately classified. The most current prevailing wage determinations are on the Prevailing Wage page. Historical prevailing wage determinations can be found in the Archives.

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