Washington ranks:

  • 1st in in the nation in workers’ compensation benefits per covered worker ($840.16)
  • 3rd in workers’ compensation benefits as a percent of covered wages (1.63 percent)
  • 10th in unemployment insurance (UI) taxes on the average full-time employee ($672)
  • 6th in the UI average weekly benefit amount ($374.19)
  • 18th in average duration of UI benefits (16.7 weeks)
  • 1st in the UI taxable wage base ($41,300)

Other Resources

Oregon publishes a study every two years that compares states’ workers’ compensation premium rates. There are a number of problems with using this study as a way to rank Washington’s system (see The Best Interests of Washington’s Workers’ Compensation System). That said, the latest edition of the study ranks Washington’s premium rates at 13th highest in the nation (up from 26th in the nation in 2010 and 38th in 2008).

2012 Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking Summary

Workers’ Compensation: Benefits, Coverage, and Costs, 2012,” National Academy of Social Insurance, 2014

State of Washington Workers’ Compensation Funds, Washington State Auditor (2013)

Workers’ Compensation Program Audit, Washington State Auditor (2012)

Workers’ Compensation Program Audit, Washington State Auditor (2011)

“Workers’ Compensation Program Audit Report,” Washington State Auditor, 2010

“Washington Pension System Review,” Upjohn Institute, 2008

“Washington Pension System Review: Compromise and Release Settlements in Workers’ Compensation,” Upjohn Institute, 2010