Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability Insurance, and the Offset: A Fact Sheet

by Virginia Reno, Cecili Thompson Williams, and Ishita Sengupta
Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 65 No. 4, 2003/2004
Table equivalent for Chart 1. Workers' compensation costs and benefits per $100 of payroll, 1989–2002 (in percent)
Year Medical and
cash benefits
Employer's
costs
1989 1.46 2.04
1990 1.57 2.18
1991 1.65 2.16
1992 1.68 2.12
1993 1.61 2.16
1994 1.51 2.05
1995 1.38 1.82
1996 1.26 1.66
1997 1.18 1.49
1998 1.11 1.38
1999 1.09 1.34
2000 1.06 1.33
2001 1.08 1.40
2002 1.16 1.58
SOURCE: National Academy of Social Insurance estimates.
Table equivalent for Chart 2. Social Security Disability Insurance and workers' compensation benefits as a percentage of wages, 1970–2002 (in percent)
Year Social Security
Disability Insurance
Workers'
compensation
1970 0.81 0.66
1971 0.96 0.67
1972 1.01 0.68
1973 1.09 0.70
1974 1.16 0.75
1975 1.36 0.83
1976 1.44 0.87
1977 1.50 0.92
1978 1.45 0.94
1979 1.35 1.01
1980 1.38 1.07
1981 1.39 1.08
1982 1.34 1.16
1983 1.22 1.17
1984 1.15 1.21
1985 1.13 1.30
1986 1.11 1.27
1987 1.10 1.43
1988 1.08 1.49
1989 1.06 1.43
1990 1.09 1.57
1991 1.18 1.65
1992 1.27 1.69
1993 1.35 1.62
1994 1.40 1.51
1995 1.44 1.39
1996 1.48 1.26
1997 1.44 1.18
1998 1.42 1.11
1999 1.42 1.09
2000 1.43 1.06
2001 1.48 1.08
2002 1.61 1.16
SOURCE: National Academy of Social Insurance, Workers' Compensation: Benefits, Coverage and Costs, 2002 (Washington, DC: NASI, August 2004).