Each year, the maximum compensation rate for Workers’ Compensation claims in Pennsylvania changes. This means your amount of compensation could differ depending on when your injury occurred. If you were injured in 2023, your wage loss benefits¹ will be calculated using the 2023 Workers’ Compensation rates.
¹ Wage loss benefits may be granted to those who are unable to work or are only able to work in a limited capacity after a workplace accident.
The maximum compensation rate is the highest amount of weekly compensation available to injured workers in the state. This rate is based on the statewide average weekly wage (AWW), which is $1,909.50 for 2023 calculations. To get the maximum compensation rate, simply multiply the statewide average weekly wage by ⅔.
The statewide average weekly wage, and therefore the maximum compensation rate, tends to increase each year to keep up with inflation. In the chart below, you can see how the maximum compensation rate has changed over the previous 6 years.
There are 4 compensation rates in total, with the maximum compensation rate being the highest tier. Depending on which tier you fall into, there is a slightly different way to calculate your compensation rate.
To determine your compensation rate tier, compare your pre-injury average weekly wage to the left-hand column of the chart below.² The corresponding value in the right-hand column will tell you how to calculate your compensation rate.
² If you are still able to work in a lessened capacity, use the difference between your current and pre-injury average weekly wages.
Injured workers who made more than the statewide average weekly wage have a flat compensation rate. The same is true for injured workers who fall into the third tier. Any worker who falls into the second tier has a compensation rate of ⅔ of their pre-injury average weekly wage. And workers in the fourth tier receive 90% of their average weekly wage.
Once again, the maximum compensation rate for Pennsylvania workers injured in 2023 is $1,273. However, only injured workers who were making more than the statewide average weekly wage of $1,909.50 will receive that much compensation.
If you have been injured on the job in Pennsylvania, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney. They can help you determine your compensation rate, as well as any medical expenses that your employer’s insurance will be expected to cover.
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 me today. I will fight for your right to compensation after a workplace injury.
My office is conveniently located near the courthouse in Media, PA.
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.
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