- Press Release
November 16, 2022
California Workers' Comp Benefits to Increase in 2023
Oakland, CA – California’s State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW) rose by more than 5 percent in the year ending March 31, 2022, which will result in an increase in California workers’ compensation temporary total disability (TTD) and permanent total disability (PTD) rates for 2023 work injury claims and other workers’ compensation benefits that are tied to SAWW increases.
The latest wage data from the U.S. Department of Labor show that California’s SAWW increased by 5.159 percent from $1,570 in the first quarter of 2021 to $1,651 in the first quarter of 2022. As a result, the TTD/PTD maximum rate, which stands at $1,539.71 per week for 2022 injuries following a record increase of more than 13.5 percent that took effect last January, will increase by an additional $79.44 to $1,619.15 per week for claims with injury dates on or after January 1, 2023. State law also ties minimum weekly TTD/PTD rates to SAWW increases, so those minimums will rise by $11.91 from the current $230.95 per week to $242.86 per week for claims with 2023 injury dates. The California Division of Workers’ Compensation has confirmed the new TTD/PTD rates for 2023 injury claims and plans to issue a Newsline announcing the new rates. DWC Newslines can be accessed here.
Also beginning on January, 1, 2023, other workers’ compensation benefits, including TTD paid two years or more after injury, life pension and PTD payments for injuries on or after January 1, 2003, and installment payments on death claims will be going up due to the SAWW increase. Underpayment of benefits results in penalties, so CWCI encourages claims administrators to review changes in benefit rates with legal counsel to assure that adjustments are appropriate and accurate.
For reference, the SAWW for the 12 months ending March 31, 2021 and for the 12 months ending March 31, 2022 are posted on the U.S. Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance database, https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/data_summary/DataSum.asp. A CWCI Bulletin with more details is also available to Institute members and subscribers under the Communications tab at www.cwci.org.