State Will See Decrease in Worker’s Compensation Premiums for Fourth Consecutive Year

July 22, 2019

(Madison, WI) – On July 10, 2019, the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance approved an overall 8.84% rate decrease for worker’s compensation premiums for businesses, effective Oct. 1, 2019. This is the fourth consecutive year in which worker’s compensation rates have declined in Wisconsin, following a 6.03% decrease in 2018, an 8.46% decrease in 2017, and a 3.19% decrease in 2016. The latest reduction in premiums is expected to result in an annual savings of about $173 million for Wisconsin employers.

“Wisconsin has long been regarded as a national model for its smart, effective worker’s compensation program, and our state’s proactive approach to occupational safety and risk reduction is key to the program’s success,” Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary-designee Caleb Frostman said. “Workplace safety takes strong partnerships between employers, workers, training providers and other stakeholders, and in Wisconsin, we are fortunate to have so many entities working cooperatively on this front.”

Worker’s compensation rates are adjusted annually by a committee from the Wisconsin Compensation Rating Bureau (WCRB). The committee analyzes and submits a rate recommendation to the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) for final approval. While the overall rate will decrease by 8.84%, the impact will vary based on type of work performed.

“I am pleased to see another significant decrease in Worker’s Compensation rates going into 2020,” Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance Mark Afable said. “The frequency of workplace injuries has been trending downward, which is a major driver of the rate reductions. This is definitely good news for Wisconsin businesses and workers.”

DWD’s Worker’s Compensation (WC) Division administers the state’s WC program through a collaboration with WCRB, OCI, Self-Insurers Council and the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council, which is comprised of representatives from management and labor and recommends WC law changes.

Most employers in Wisconsin are legally required to have Worker’s Compensation insurance policies. Customers with questions about the law may contact DWD’s Worker’s Compensation Division by calling 608-266-1340 or visiting the DWD website

For questions about the rate development process, contact the WCRB .