Calculating Benefit Amounts - State Plan
Weekly Benefit Rate (WBR)
Your weekly benefit rate is calculated using your average weekly wage. The average weekly wage is generally based on the earnings in the eight calendar weeks immediately before the week in which the disability begins. The total wages earned during all base weeks worked in the eight week period are divided by the number of such base weeks to obtain the average weekly wage. Each claimant is paid two-thirds (2/3) of his/her average weekly wage up to the maximum amount payable set for that calendar year.
The maximum weekly benefit rate is $604 for disabilities beginning on or after January 1, 2015.
The maximum weekly benefit rate is $615 for disabilities beginning on or after January 1, 2016.
The daily benefit rate is one-seventh (1/7) of the weekly benefit rate.
If you believe that the average weekly wage used to calculate your weekly benefit rate is too low, you may request a recalculation of the average based on the 26 weeks prior to your claim. This request must be in writing.
Maximum Benefit Amount (MBA)
The maximum benefit amount which may be paid for each period of disability is one-third (1/3) of the total wages you earned in New Jersey covered employment during the base year, or 26 times the weekly benefit amount, whichever is less.