What is average weekly wage and how is it determined?
Average weekly wage under the Defense Base Act and Longshore Act is an individuals gross weekly earnings. It’s calculated by taking 52 week wage history, prior to the date of accident and dividing it by 52 and you come up with a number that’s essentially an average of a years earnings. For individuals who have not worked for a full year prior to their injury, there are other methods to calculate the average weekly wage. One being taking a similar employees earnings who has worked for a full year with the company prior to the date of accident, and another is by essentially taking a true divisor of the number of weeks that you’ve worked for the company and divide your earnings based on those number of weeks.