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UPDATED: Workers’ Compensation Benefits Increase Effective January 1, 2022

September 29, 2021

Every year, the Workers’ Compensation Temporary Total Disability (TTD) rates are subject to an increase as of January 1st if and when there is an increase to the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). SAWW is reported by the U.S. Department of Labor for California for the 12 months ending March 31 in the year preceding the injury.

Last month, we issued a briefing indicating that benefit rates would not increase in 2022. On October 25th, the Department of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) issued an updated Newsline, correcting the change in the SAWW for the 12 months ending March 31, 2021. The SAWW increased from $1,383 to $1,570, or 13.5213%. As a result, there will be an increase in the workers’ compensation temporary disability rates for dates of injury on, or after, January 1, 2022.

As a reminder, AB 749 was signed into law in 2002 amending Labor Code section 4453(a) requiring the rates for TTD be increased by an amount equal to the percentage increase in the State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW), as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor for the 12 prior months ending March 31st. There is no provision for a reduction in TTD rates. The rates either remain the same (unchanged) or increase each year.

Effective For Dates of Injury On or After January 1, 2022

The 2022 minimum and maximum Temporary Total Disability (TTD) rates increase with the minimum TTD increasing from $203.44 to $230.95 and the maximum TTD rate increasing from $1,356.31 to $1,539.71 per week.


Effective Date

Average Weekly Min Earnings

Minimum Weekly TD Rate

Average Weekly Max Earnings

Maximum Weekly TD Rate

Jan 1, 2016





Jan 1, 2017





Jan 1, 2018





Jan 1, 2019





Jan 1, 2020





Jan 1, 2021





Jan 1, 2022





Jan 1, 2023

$305.16 + the percent increase in the SAWW

$230.95 + the percent increase in the SAWW

$2,034.47 + the percent increase in the SAWW

$1,539.71 + the percent increase in the SAWW

An updated comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Benefit Summary is immediately following this briefing.

If you have any questions regarding the information contained in this briefing, please feel free to contact your Account Executive or Risk Management Analyst.


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