Minimum and Maximum Weekly Benefits

The state's average weekly wage (SAWW) effective July 1, 2015 is $858. The maximum benefit is 2/3's of the employee's average weekly wage subject to a maximum of the SAWW. Therefore the maximum weekly benefit for permanent disability claims occurring after July 1, 2015 is $858. The maximum weekly benefit for temporary benefits is 110% of the SAWW or $943.80 (1.10 x $858) The minimum weekly benefit after July 1, 2015 is $128.70 (15% of $858).

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Tennessee Code §50-6-102  [Effective July 1, 2014]

(14) "Maximum total benefit" means the sum of all weekly benefits to which a worker may be entitled;

      (A) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 1992, but before July 1, 2009, the maximum total benefit shall be four hundred (400) weeks times the maximum weekly benefit, except in instances of permanent total disability;

      (B) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2009, but before July 1, 2014, the maximum total benefit shall be four hundred (400) weeks times one hundred percent (100%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined pursuant to subdivision (15)(B), except in instances of permanent total disability. Temporary total disability benefits paid to the injured worker shall not be included in calculating the maximum total benefit;

      (C) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2014, the maximum total benefit shall be four hundred fifty (450) weeks times one hundred percent (100%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined pursuant to subdivision (15)(B), except in instances of permanent total disability. Temporary total disability benefits paid to the injured worker before the employee attains maximum medical improvement shall not be included in calculating the maximum total benefit;

   (15)  (A) "Maximum weekly benefit" means the maximum compensation payable to the worker per week;

         (i) For injuries occurring between July 1, 1990, and June 30, 1991, the maximum weekly benefit shall be two hundred seventy-three dollars ($273) per week;

         (ii) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 1991, and before August 1, 1992, the maximum weekly benefit shall be two hundred ninety-four dollars ($294) per week;

         (iii) For injuries occurring on or after August 1, 1992, and through June 30, 1993, the maximum weekly benefit shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to seventy-eight percent (78%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined by the department;

         (iv) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 1993, and through June 30, 1994, the maximum weekly benefit shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to eighty-two and four-tenths percent (82.4%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined by the department;

         (v) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 1994, and through June 30, 1995, the maximum weekly benefit shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to eighty-six and eight-tenths percent (86.8%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined by the department;

         (vi) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 1995, and through June 30, 1996, the maximum weekly benefit shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to ninety-one and two-tenths percent (91.2%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined by the department;

         (vii) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 1996, and through June 30, 1997, the maximum weekly benefit shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to ninety-five and six-tenths percent (95.6%) of the state's average weekly wage as determined by the department;

         (viii) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 1997, and through June 30, 2004, the maximum weekly benefit shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to one hundred percent (100%) of the state's average weekly wage as determined by the department;

         (ix) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2004, the maximum weekly benefit for permanent disability benefits shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to one hundred percent (100%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined by the department; and

         (x)  (a) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2005, the maximum weekly benefit for temporary disability benefits shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to one hundred five percent (105%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined by the department; and

            (b) For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2005, the maximum weekly benefit for temporary disability benefits shall be sixty-six and two thirds percent (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly wage up to one hundred ten percent (110%) of the state's average weekly wage, as determined by the department;

      (B) As used in subdivision (15)(A), the state average weekly wage shall be determined as of the preceding January 1, and shall be adjusted annually using the data from the division and shall be effective on July 1 of each year;