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Workers' compensation rates in South Dakota are about 2% higher than the national average and they have remained stable for the past five years. This is good news for employers needing to buy workers' compensation coverage for employees. South Dakota ranks 25th in the country with regard to the average cost of workers comp coverage from highest to lowest.
South Dakota is an NCCI state like most other states. NCCI manages employers' experience modification rates and collects all data for the state including claims, class codes, premiums, and payroll. They analyze this data and make annual recommendations to carriers and to the ND Department of Insurance. Every Insurance company is required to file their rates with the state for approval each year.
Workers' compensation rates will vary for the same class codes in North Dakota because insurance companies can apply policy credits and debits up to 25% to adjust their filed rates. More discounts may also be added to a policy depending on the size of payroll and overall claims experience.
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What influences my workers comp insurance cost?
Insurance companies file their "base manual rates" for approval with each state for all class codes. Rate recommendations are generally made to the state and carriers annually by the
National Council on Compensation Insurance.
Employee claims are reported to NCCI and statistically compared with all other
similar type businesses using the same class code in each state. An
Experience Modification Rate may apply to your business after a few years of coverage.
Insurance company underwriters are permitted to make premium rate adjustments based
on unique factors about your business, safety practices, and management
experience in most states.
Insurance companies may apply policy credits and debits to the base
manual rates. Additional discounts can be applied to premium as the total payroll &
Smart Agents with expertise in workers' compensation insurance utilize this information to negotiate your insurance rates with underwriters. A good narrative about your business helps
insurance companies justify a better price.
Rates for State Class Codes. Select Codes Listed:
The workers' compensation rates listed below for South Dakota represent the current lowest and highest insurance rates we've found for 2023. South Dakota rates are managed by the SD Division of Labor and Management and the Division of Insurance. Insurance carriers are permitted to offer premium discounts and policy credits. We offer Pay As You Go workers' compensation in South Dakota. Not all employers will qualify for the lowest rates available or max policy credits. Compare your workers compensation rates with over 35 insurance carriers.
South Dakota workers' comp rates vary by industry classification codes and insurance company underwriting standards. Employers' who have an Experience Modification Rating (EMR Rating) assigned to their business may have additional credits or debits applied to their insurance rates based on prior premiums and workers' compensation losses. NCCI administers all Assigned Risk coverage in the state.
State Resources for South Dakota
South Dakota Department of Commerce
Division of Insurance445 E Capital DryPierre, SD 57501605-773-3563 http://dlr.sd.gov/insurance/
SD Division of Labor
Kneip Building700 Governors DrivePierre, SD 57501-2291605-773-3681 http://dlr.sd.gov/workerscomp/
South Dakota is under the Jurisdiction of the National Council for Compensation Insurance (NCCI) and contracts with Travelers as the state fund carrier.
Our agency helps employers find guaranteed state fund workers' comp in SD. If we can't find more affordable coverage with a private insurance company, we can help you buy a state fund policy.
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