In order to keep up with inflation, Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries increases worker’s compensation benefits once per year, on July 1. This year, the increase was 2.6% as Washington’s average annual wage grew in 2015 to $56,273.
State law requires that benefits be adjusted each year to reflect the change in the state’s average wage from the previous calendar year. The increase applies to all types of benefits the state pays, including pension benefits paid to family members of those who died because of a work-related accident or disease.
As a result of the increase, the new maximum monthly benefit will be $5,627.30, or 120 percent of the state’s average monthly wage.