Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave rates to increase Jan. 1

Premium rates for Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program will increase on Jan. 1, 2023, as follows:

  • The total premium rate for the Washington PFML program will increase to 0.8% (from 0.6% in 2022) of each employee’s gross wages up to the 2023 Social Security cap of $160,200 (was $147,000 in 2022).
  • In 2023, employers will pay 27.24% of the premium and employees will pay 72.76%. In 2022, employers paid 26.78% of the premium and employees paid 73.22%.

The PFML program is funded by premiums collected from employees and employers in Washington state. By law, the Employment Security Department recalculates the premium rate annually in October based on program usage and premiums collected the previous year. More than 154,000 individuals claimed benefits in 2022, paying more than $1 billion in benefits to Washington workers.

To learn more about PFML rates, go to the Premiums Calculator on the Washington PFML website. For complete information about PFML and to apply, go to Paid Family and Medical Leave or contact them by email paidleave@esd.wa.gov or by phone at 833-717-2273.