What is the average weekly wage in a workers’ comp case?

The average weekly wage (AWW) is the claimant’s average weekly earnings during the 13 weeks prior to the on-the-job accident.

The AWW is important as this is the monetary amount for which the insurance company will calculate temporary total, temporary partial, permanent impairment, and permanent total disability benefits. Specifically, if the employee has worked for the employer for the entire 13 weeks prior to the accident, then the AWW will be equal to all the wages the employee earned during those 13 weeks and divided by 13. However, if the employee does not work the entire 13 weeks, then the carrier has to use other methods to obtain the average weekly wage.