Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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What are the earnings limits for those on disability benefits?
Applicants for disability benefits, and recipients of social security disability or SSI disability benefits, can engage in work activity as long as their earnings are below whatever has been established as the limit for SGA, or substantial gainful activity for that particular year.
The SGA limit is subject to change each year so individuals who are receiving benefits, or pursuing benefits should probably contact their local social security office to check the earnings limit before beginning employment.
Individuals who are already getting monthly benefits may wish to keep track of what the current SGA limit is so that A) they can avoid going over the limit and potentially endangering their benefits (as well as risking an overpayment situation) and B) to increase their earning potential (by knowing just how much they can earn and remain eligible for benefits).
If you receive disability benefits and work and your earnings do exceed the SGA limit, what happens? Fortunately, the social security administration allows disability benefit recipients the opportunity to try working without necessarily voiding their eligibility for disability benefits. This is done by allowing recipients a trial work period.
The trial work period consists of nine total months in which a person can work over the SGA earnings limits. Once the nine trial work months are exhausted, if the individual is still working and earning more than the SGA limit, their eligibility for disability benefits will end.
Note: the nine trial work period months do not have to be consecutive meaning that a person could potentially have much longer than simply nine months in which to try returning to work.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria