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According to the Insurance Journal, workers' compensation rates in the state of Washington are expected to increase by 2% this year. The state currently ranks in the top 20 for the highest workers' comp rates in the country. A recent study indicated that Washington rates are approximately 108% of the median work comp insurance rates based on a composite study of selected classification codes.
Please refer to the Washington Department of Labor and Industries for class codes and rate information since WA operates as a monopolistic state fund. If you are a Washington based business employing people outside the state of WA, we can help your business obtain workers' compensation coverage for employees and jobs in all other states outside of Washington.
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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.
We Track and Monitor Filed Rates for Most State Class Codes. Select Codes Listed:
As of 2020 Washington is one of four monopolistic states left in the United States. NCCI state rules and manuals do not apply in Washington. This means that all rates are set by the state and that private insurance companies are not permitted to compete in the state. We often help Washington employers find workers compensation coverage in other states when they hire out of state employee to perform work in other states.
Workers compensation rates are regulated by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries and they act as the exclusive State Fund insurance carrier. Employers doing business with one or more employee are required to carry workers compensation coverage in Washington. We are a national insurance firm specializing in workers compensation and general liability insurance.
State Resources for Washington
Washington Department of Labor and Industries
PO Box 4400Olympia, WA 98504-4000360-902-5798 WA Dept. of Labor and Industries
Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
2430 Chandler Court SWPO Box 42401Olympia, WA 98504-2401360-753-6823 Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
Washington is not under the Jurisdiction of the National Council for Compensation Insurance (NCCI) and the state makes its own laws and rules for state workers' comp coverage. Employers can only buy coverage from the state fund.
Our agency can help employers find other state and multi-state coverage for businesses that need insurance in one or more additional states.
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