Average weekly wage is your gross wage at the time of your injury, as determined by worker’s compensation laws. In most cases, it is the higher of two calculations:
- Your hourly wage times your regularly-scheduled hours per week. In the case of some part-time workers, the number of hours per week is expanded to full-time.
- Your actual average weekly earnings in the 52 weeks before your injury.
Note: For the purposes of worker’s compensation calculations, average weekly wage is subject to a cap determined by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. This limit is adjusted periodically; as of the beginning of 2015 it is $1,366.50.