Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Maximum Rate

2017 Pennsylvania  Workers' Compensation Maximum Rate Announced

The Department of Labor Industry announced, based upon the statewide average weekly wage, as determined by the Department of Labor & Industry, the maximum compensation rate payable under the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, Article 1, subsections 105.1 and 105.2 shall be $995.00 per week for injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2017.

For purposes of calculating the update to payments for medical treatment rendered on and after January 1, 2017, the percentage increase in the Statewide Average Weekly Wage was 1.7 percent.

The maximum weekly compensation is $995.00.

Employees earning $746.26 to $1,492.50 will be paid at a rate of 66 2/3% of their earnings.

Employees earning $552.78 to $746.25 will be paid at a rate of $497.50.

Employees earning less than $552.77 will be paid at a rate of 90% of their earnings.

The correct calculation of the injured employee's average weekly wage may become complicated for a number of reasons:

  • bonuses; 
  • vacation pay;
  • profit sharing;
  • commissions; 
  • concurrent employment;
  • self-employment;
  • periods of layoff; 
  • limited duration of employment;
  • seasonal employment;
  • etc ...
Do not hesitate to contact your workers' compensation attorney to review any Average Weekly Wage and Benefit Rate questions.