Will California’s New Minimum Wage Law Affect the Construction Industry?

Young construction apprentice program students representing future California workers stood behind Governor Jerry Brown recently as he signed a bill into law making his state the first to commit to raising minimum wage to $10 an hour.  The increase will be incremental with minimum wages due to go to $9 an hour on July 1, 2014 and finally rise to $10 an hour one year later.

In spite of the presence of construction trainees for the signing ceremony, the bill is likely to have little impact on the construction industry.  A recent survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that California’s more than 85,000 construction workers earn a mean wage of more than $20 an hour.  Since these wages are the ‘mean’ instead of the ‘average,’ half of construction workers make more than $20 an hour while half make less.  The majority of those making less earn much more than the projected minimum wage.

The reason why most construction workers earn so much is that they are well-trained, highly-skilled artisans like those employed by Parkwest General Contractors of Anaheim, California.  Contact us today to see why we are the best hotel and motel renovation experts in the West

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