• Project Labor Agreements

    Executive order encourages state agencies to consider the use of PLAs on a project-by-project basis.

  • Prevailing Wage

    Yes; no monetary threshold.

  • Right to Work


  • Public-Private Partnerships

    Statute authorizes P3s on transportation projects and vertical construction projects associated with transportation projects, but prohibits P3’s on projects that are primarily for recreational purposes such as parks, hiking trails, etc. Unsolicited bids are accepted under certain conditions.

  • Workforce Development Incentives

    Current labor supply satisfies 111% of peak labor demand.

    State offered $2,264,000 in grants and incentives for workforce preparation and development in 2023.

  • Career and Technical Education

    36% of CTE high school graduates earned a credential and/or continued on to a career.

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

  • Job Growth Rate


Monthly Unemployment Rate in Washington

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

Industry Overview

Prompt Pay

Private: No law in place.
Public: Payment must be made 30 days after invoice or receipt of services, whichever is later, unless the public entity has not yet received grant or federal money supporting the project, or a later date is determined by existing contract.
– Private: No law in place.
– Public: Payment must be made to subs and subs to lower tiers 10 days after payment.

Immigration/E-Verify Mandate

No law in place.

Percentage of State GDP From Nonresidential Construction


Incidence Rate


Occupational Safety & Health Oversight (State vs. Federal)

State plan covers private workplaces and state and local government workplaces.

Percentage of Union Membership in Private Construction


Marijuana Legalization Status

Legalized for medicinal and personal use.

Business Facts

Minimum Wage


Percentage of Pensions Funded


Effective Real-Estate Tax Rate


Corporate Income Tax Rate(s)

0% (Tax on Gross Receipts)

State and Local Public Construction Expenditures (in millions)