Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is the rate used to determine compensation in the Minnesota work comp system, including temporary total, temporary partial, and permanent total disability benefits. You may see your average weekly wage displayed on your First Report of Injury, Notice of Benefits Paid, or Notice of Primary Liability Determination.
In the Minnesota workers’ compensation system the date of an injured employee’s injury is a controlling event. Because the work comp laws have changed from year to year, the courts look at the law in effect at the time of the injury. Therefore, the law in effect at the time of the injury affects the amount and type of benefits available to the injured employee. Thus, an injured employee’s average weekly wage is determined by what he or she was earning at the time of the injury.
An employee’s average weekly wage is calculated by averaging an employee’s gross weekly pay for the 26 weeks preceding the date of injury. Adjusters and insurance company frequently miscalculate this amount and therefore, employees may not be receiving the full amount of wage loss benefits he or she is owed.