Workers' compensation benefits to increase by 5.9 percent

July 1, 2024

TUMWATER — Many injured workers collecting benefits under Washington’s workers’ compensation system will see an increase of 5.9 percent in their time-loss and pension payments from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) this month.

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The increase applies to workers hurt on or before July 1, 2023. Workers injured after that date will not see their first adjustment until after July 1, 2025. The payments are increasing because the state’s average wage, as calculated by the Washington State Employment Security Department this June, also increased by 5.9 percent. L&I recalculates benefits each year to reflect the annual changes in the state's average annual wage.

The resulting cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2024 increases the maximum monthly benefit to $8,913.80 or 120 percent of the state's average monthly wage.

The increase also applies to pension benefits paid to family members of those who died because of a work-related incident or disease.

For claim benefit questions: Claims Communication & Outreach Liaison at 360-902-6280.

For media information:

Herbert Atienza, L&I Public Affairs, 360-280-8674.

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