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Average Weekly Wage, Average Daily Wage: A Legal Definition

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Updated November 30, 2018 | Legal Dictionary |


After an injury, you’ll probably start doing some research on personal injury law. When it comes to damages, you may come across different terms to describe employee wages, both on a weekly and daily basis.

Average Weekly Wage

Average weekly wage (AWW) is, as you may expect, a calculation of an injured employee’s average weekly earnings. Insurance companies, personal injury lawyers, and judges sometimes use this figure to determine the amount of a lost wages benefit to which the employee may be entitled if they become disabled.

Average Daily Wage

Average daily wage (ADW) is calculated based on daily earnings. A lost wage benefit may be calculated using this figure in an instance where AWW would be less accurate in representing the injured employee’s earnings.

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