• Project Labor Agreements

    No state policy and infrequent use at local level.

  • Prevailing Wage

    Yes; $500,000 for new construction, $45,000 for alteration, repair, renovation, rehabilitation, demolition or reconstruction.

  • Right to Work


  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute authorizes the Department of Transportation to enter into P3s. Unsolicited bids are allowed. Statue also allows county and municipal governments to enter into P3s for public lands through a lease, concession agreement, easement or license agreement. Statute does not authorize or prohibit government entities to enter into P3s on social infrastructure projects.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Current labor supply satisfies 49.7% of peak labor demand.

    State offered $12,000,000 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 2021.

  • Career and Technical Education

    85% of CTE high school graduates are placed in colleges or careers.

    Delaware does not recognize NCCER as an approved curriculum for CTE programs.

  • Job Growth Rate


Monthly Unemployment Rate in Delaware

Please see ABC's state-by-state construction unemployment data here.

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: Owner must pay prime within 30 days of final payment.
Public: If the contract is for less than 90 days, then progress payments are due according to the contract. For all other projects, monthly payments must be made within 21 days after work is approved, or within 10 days after federal approval is given (if required). Final payment is due within 60 days after final acceptance of work.                                                                                                                                   Subs:
-Private: Prime to sub must occur within 15 days of being paid.
-Public: Prime to sub must occur within 21 days.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

No law in place.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction


Incidence Rate


Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

Federal oversight.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction


Marijuana Legalization Status

Legalized for medicinal use, decriminalized for personal use.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage


Percentage of Pensions Funded


Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate


Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)

8.7% + Tax on Gross Receipts

State and Local Public Construction Expenditures (in millions)