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If you’ve had an injury that led you to miss work, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages. One of the ways that compensation for injured workers is calculated is through a computation called the statewide average weekly wage (SAWW). In this article, we’ll define “statewide average weekly wage” and explain how it comes into play in workers’ compensation and personal injury cases.

Key Takeaways

  • The statewide average weekly wage (SAWW) is a computation of the average wage paid to workers in a state over certain a period of time
  • The SAWW is used to calculate minimum and maximum workers’ compensation benefits 
  • The SAWW is a calculation similar to the average weekly wage (AWW) except it is based on the earnings of all employees in a state, not a single individual 

What Is Statewide Average Weekly Wage (SAWW)?

The statewide average weekly wage (SAWW) is a calculation of the average wage paid to workers in a certain state for a particular period of time, often a calendar year. It is used for the purposes of calculating the minimum and maximum workers’ compensation benefits that injured employees are entitled to receive. It can also be used to determine payroll limitation caps for sole proprietors, partners, executive officers, and limited liability company members.

The SAWW can be thought of in contrast to the average weekly wage (AWW) that is calculated for individual employees on the basis of their earnings over a certain period of time. AWW varies from person to person, while the SAWW is the same for everybody statewide. 

Statewide Average Weekly Wage in Personal Injury Law

When an individual is injured in a way that prevents them from being able to work, they may be eligible for compensation for their lost wages in the form of workers’ compensation and/or personal injury insurance. Every jurisdiction and situation has different requirements used for calculating how much a person can be compensated through workers’ comp, but one of the potential methods used is statewide average weekly age. The idea behind SAWW is that a person who is compensated on the basis of the SAWW will receive enough money to get them by in the state where they live.

If you are seeking compensation for lost wages through workers’ comp or a personal injury claim, it is highly recommended to work with an experienced personal injury attorney. They will be able to understand to what extent the SAWW is relevant to your particular case and help you in making a case for the highest possible compensation for your situation.

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