Every year, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania updates the maximum workers’ compensation rate. Depending on the year of your injury, your compensation rate will be different. If you were injured in 2022, then you will use the new maximum rate for 2022 to calculate your wage loss benefits. If you were injured in 2021, then you will use that year’s rate. And so on.
Maximum Compensation Rate
The maximum compensation rate is based on the statewide average weekly wage (AWW), which is $1,807.50 for 2022. It is ⅔ of the AWW, and since the AWW typically increases each year along with inflation, the maximum rate does as well. The table below displays the new maximum rate for 2022 as well as the rates for the previous 5 years along with the changes in rate compared to the preceding year.
|Year||Maximum Compensation Rate||Change in Rate from Previous Year|
Compensation Rate Tiers
There are three other compensation rate tiers below the maximum rate which are all based on that maximum. Within each tier, there is a different way to calculate your exact rate. To determine which tier you fall into, you will need to compare your AWW to the left-hand column of the chart below. The corresponding value in the right-hand column is how you will calculate your compensation rate.
|Average Weekly Wage||Compensation Rate|
|Above $1,807.50||Flat Rate of $1,205|
|$1,807.50 – $903.76||⅔ of Average Weekly Wage|
|$903.75 – $669.44||Flat Rate of $602.50|
|Below $669.43||90% of Average Weekly Wage|
Pennsylvania’s maximum workers’ compensation rate for 2022 is $1,205. To receive compensation as close to this maximum rate as possible, it is important to properly calculate your AWW. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure you receive the wage loss benefits you are entitled to.
Contact Hillsberg Law
My name is Geoffrey Hillsberg, and I have been solely practicing workers’ compensation law in the State of Pennsylvania since 1995. If you have been injured on the job in Delaware County, please contact my law office today. I will fight for your right to compensation after a workplace injury.
The advice offered above is general in nature and may not be applicable to every case. Consultation with an attorney is highly recommended. Reliance on this advice does not represent the formation of an attorney-client relationship in the absence of a fee agreement with Mr. Hillsberg.