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California Workers' Comp Settlement Charts: 2021-2024

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September 12, 2022  ·  4 min read
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There are several workers' compensation settlement charts in California, and they can be confusing to follow.

People most commonly reference the temporary disability rate chart, which outlines the monthly amount you’ll receive while you’re actively out of work. However, California workers' comp benefits also include payments for permanent disability, for the employees estate in the case of death, and mileage recuperation.

We’ll cover all the workers' comp settlement charts in California and explain how you can expect to be compensated, at any stage of your claim.


While these charts seem clear cut, a lot can depend on the details of your claim, your doctor, and your legal representation. In fact, workers’ comp claimants with an Atticus lawyer receive a final payout that's twice as high, on average, compared to claimants with no lawyer.

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Settlement chart: Temporary disability rates

Temporary disability benefits are paid for lost wages. You get them while you’re still actively recovering from your injury, and are unable to work. In California, you can receive temporary disability benefits for up to 104 weeks.

If you get injured in 2024, and were making at least $364.30 per week prior to your injury, you’ll receive two-thirds of what you made while you were working. If you earned $364.29 or less per week, you’ll receive a payment worth $242.86 per week.

Below are the temporary disability benefit charts for the last three years.

Date of Injury: 1/1/2024 or later

Average weekly earnings

Temporary disability rate

$364.29 or less

$242.86 per week

$364.30 to $2,428.72

2/3 x your average weekly wage

Date of Injury: 1/1/2023 to 12/31/23

Average weekly earnings

Temporary disability rate

$364.29 or less

$242.86 per week

$364.30 to $2,428.72

2/3 x your average weekly wage

Date of Injury: 1/1/2022 to 12/31/22

Average weekly earnings

Temporary disability rate

$346.42 or less

$230.95 per week

$346.43 to $2,309.56

2/3 x your average weekly wage

Date of Injury: 1/1/2021 to 12/31/21

Average weekly earnings

Temporary disability rate

$305.16 or less

$203.44 per week

$305.17 to $2,034.47

2/3 x your average weekly wage

If your workers' compensation was initially denied, but later settled, you may receive these amounts in back pay, as a part of your settlement package. Once you’ve reached maximum medical improvement (your doctor says your condition has stabilized, and won’t continue to improve), you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits.


Settlement chart: Permanent disability rate

If you qualify for permanent disability benefits, it’ll start to pay out once temporary disability benefits stop unless you agree to a settlement. (Learn more in our guide to California settlements.)

Once your condition has stabilized, if you’re still affected by your injury, you’ll receive a disability rating. That disability rating will determine the duration of your ongoing payments. From 2014 to 2024 the minimum and maximum weekly payments for permanent disability were the same, and are listed below.

Permanent disability minimum weekly rate 2014-2024

Permanent disability maximum weekly rate 2014-2024

$160

$290

Within these ranges, you’ll continue to be paid two-thirds of your weekly wage, like with temporary disability.

For example, if you made $435 per week on average before you were injured, two-thirds of your pay would be higher than the maximum possible payment rate and you'd receive $290 per week through permanent benefits.

Calculating the duration of your permanent disability benefit comes down to your disability rating.

Permanent disability rating percentage

Number of payment weeks for each percentage point

Under 10

4

10 to 24.75

5

25 to 29.75

6

30 to 49.75

7

50 to 69.75

8

70 to 99.75

9

For example, if your disability rating was 20, you’d receive 5 weeks of payments for each percentage. 20% times 5 weeks = 100 weeks of benefits. 

If you, like in our last example, had prior average weekly earnings of $435 per week, and a disability rating of 20%, you’d receive the $290 maximum payments for 100 weeks. Your total benefit would be $290 times 100, or $29,000.

As you can tell, your permanent disability rating can make a considerable difference in the amount of money you receive, over time, for your workers’ compensation claim. This is one area in which it pays to have a local California workers' comp lawyer; whether your permanent disability rating is accurate and sufficient is something that can be litigated. 

A note on total permanent disability

It’s very rare to have an injury that results in a disability rating of 100%. This only occurs if a person isn’t able to work in any capacity for the rest of their lives. Some examples that may qualify for an 100% rating include blindness in both eyes, total paralysis, or losing the use of both arms.

If you do qualify for total permanent disability benefits, you’ll receive payments for life. The amount of these payments, again, is equal to two-thirds of your pre-injury average weekly wages.


Mileage reimbursements in 2024

If you have to drive to get care after your injury, you can be reimbursed for transportation. This includes parking, mileage, and bridge tolls for any transit to doctors, hospitals, therapy or the pharmacy.

Reimbursement rates are as follows:

Date of transportation

Reimbursement per mile traveled

On or after 7/1/2024

$0.67

On or after 7/1/2023

$0.655

On or after 7/1/2022

$0.625

On or after 1/1/2022

$0.585

On or after 1/1/2021

$0.56

On or after 1/1/2020

$0.575

On or after 1/1/2019

$0.58

On or after 1/1/2018

$0.545

On or after 1/1/2017

$0.535


Death benefits in 2024

If an employee dies in a work-related accident, their families are entitled to a few types of financial benefits. First, there’s a fixed amount for burial expenses — up to $5,000 if the incident occurred before 2013, $10,000 if the incident occurred after 2013. 

Death benefits are calculated based on the amount of dependents. The rules about dependency are complicated, but in general, a dependent is anyone who was reliant on employee for financial support (They also have to make under $30,000 a year on their own). 

You can also be a “partial” dependent, if you relied on the employee for financial support, but had other significant sources of support. 

Number of dependents

Death benefit amount

1 total dependent

$250,000

2 or more total dependents

$290,000

3 or more total dependents

$320,000

1 total plus 1 or more partial dependents

$250,000 plus four times annual support for partial dependents not to exceed $290,000

1 or more partial dependents

Eight times annual support not to exceed $250,000

These amounts aren’t paid out all at once. They’re paid at the same rate as temporary disability benefits. So dependents receive a payment weekly equal to two thirds of the workers average weekly salary.


Get your maximum workers’ compensation payout

While the compensation for workers' comp in California looks clear cut, the healthcare you’re entitled to, your permanent disability rating, and your overall settlement amount can be negotiated. Having the right lawyer on your team can make all the difference. 

At Atticus, our team vets workers’ compensation attorneys around the country, and handpicks the best-fit lawyer for each case. We offer free legal advice, and our services are always free. Get started today.

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Frequently asked questions: California workers’ comp payments

What is the California temporary disability rate for 2024?

California temporary disability pays up to two-thirds of your average weekly salary, with a minimum rate of $242.86 in 2024. The minimum rate was the same in 2023 but was $230.95 in 2022.

What is the minimum California permanent disability rate in 2024?

The minimum weekly permanent disability rate in California is $160 per week in 2024 and 2023. You likely also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which pays monthly benefits and includes health insurance.

What is the maximum California permanent disability rate in 2024?

The maximum permanent disability rate for workers' comp benefits in California is $290 per week in 2024.

What is the California mileage rate for disability transportation in 2024?

The workers' comp mileage reimbursement rate for disability related transportation is $0.67 per mile, as of 7/01/2023.

What are the California death benefits for workers who die in work-related accidents?

The workers' comp death benefit amounts depend on the number of dependents the deceased worker had, ranging from $250,000 for one dependent to $320,000 for three or more dependents.

Will I get a lump-sum settlement?

If you're receiving workers' compensation benefits, you may be able to negotiate a lump-sum settlement instead of waiting for bi-weekly checks from insurance. Your best option is to talk with a workers' comp lawyer for help with the process. Learn more about lump-sum settlements in California.


Related resources:

California Workers' Comp: Everything You Need to Know

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Your Guide to California Workers’ Comp Settlements

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Victoria Muñoz

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Victoria Muñoz is an attorney on Atticus’s Workers' Compensation team. She’s a licensed attorney, a graduate of Stanford Law School, and has counseled hundreds of people seeking workers' compensation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her pup.
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