Use the calculator to estimate your California weekly benefit amount (WBA) for unemployment insurance (UI), paid family leave (PFL), and disability insurance (DI). The calculator was last updated in March 2020.
While the maximum number of weeks you can receive benefit payments varies based on the type of benefit (unemployment, PFL, or DI), your WBA is calculated the same way.
Instructions and details are included below the calculator. The calculator will auto-update as you enter information.
The calculator is for informational purposes only and cannot file any claim for benefits on your behalf. Furthermore, this calculator is not endorsed by any government agency and cannot guarantee eligibility or benefits.
Update (April 2020): The federal government temporarily increased unemployment benefits by an additional $600 per week per eligible recipient in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This additional amount is available in all US states/jurisdictions, although it may take some time for states to implement this increase. The calculator does not include this additional $600/week payment.
California Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Instructions and Explanations
Date Claim Filed
California will usually consider your claim effective as of Sunday of the same week that you file. This affects which quarterly earnings are considered as your base period (see below) when calculating your WBA.
Base Period: Calendar Quarters | Wages Earned
Enter your total wage earnings for each of the four calendar quarters listed. These four quarters, which represent the first four of the most recent five completed calendar quarters, are your “base period.”
The quarter with the highest earnings will then be used to calculate your WBA.
Generally speaking, neither the current calendar quarter nor the most recent completed calendar quarter are factored into calculating your WBA. The calculator automatically determines the relevant quarters for your base period when you enter the date your claim was filed.
If you are affected by military service, industrial disability, trade dispute, or long-term unemployment, you may request a special base period, which may be based on as few as 5 months of earnings or as many as 18 months of earnings.
California Weekly Benefit Amount Calculator: Results
Estimated Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)
The calculator returns your estimated WBA based on your highest quarterly earnings during the base period.
The WBA is designed to replace about 70% of your highest quarterly earnings were between $929 and $5,385.37. It's only designed to replace about 60% of your highest quarterly earnings if those earnings exceed $5,385.37.
The maximum WBA is $1,252 for highest quarterly earnings of $27,105.01+. The minimum WBA is $50, provided you meet eligibility requirements.
Your WBA may be reduced by other compensation that you receive and certain mandated payments such as delinquent child support payments.
If you work for a San Francisco employer, you may be eligible for additional PFL benefit payments.
Weekly Benefit Amount Type | Maximum # Weeks
You can receive your WBA up to a certain number of maximum weeks, depending on the type of benefit.
- Unemployment = 26 weeks maximum
- Disability Insurance = 52 weeks maximum
- Paid Family Leave = 6 weeks maximum (8 weeks maximum effective July 1, 2020)
Although the calculator does not take this into account, your maximum number of eligible weeks may be reduced by previous WBA payments received and other factors.
File a Claim in Califonia
The following links will let you start the online process to file a claim for benefits with the California Employment Development Department, the state government agency that helps Californian job seekers and workers.