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How Much Do You Get For Disability If You Are Awarded Benefits?

If you are approved for SSDI or SSI disability benefits, your monthly disability benefit depend upon A) how much you have worked and B) how much you earned in the years prior to becoming disabled. If you had a steady work history prior to becoming disabled, you will most likely have a better disability benefit amount than someone who has worked sporadically.

Some Social Security disability beneficiaries have worked and earned enough for their dependents to receive benefits as well. While others have only worked and earned enough to provide a small Social Security disability benefit for themselves with nothing available for dependents.

Supplemental Security Income disability (SSI), on the other hand, is not based upon your work or your earnings. It is a disability program based upon need. If you are awarded disability benefits through this program, you must meet certain income and resource limits.

You cannot have more than two thousand dollars in countable assets and if you are married, the income of your spouse may be counted toward your household income and may make you ineligible, just in the same way that a disabled child who is receiving SSI may be made ineligible by the income of his or her parents).

If you meet the resource asset limits for SSI, you are entitled to a monthly disability benefit.

The monthly SSI maximum disability amount is set by Social Security. However, while there is a maximum SSI disability monthly amount there is no guarantee that you will receive the maximum amount.

Note: to see the current SSI monthly maximum benefit, view the following page: The SSI monthly maximum benefit amount.

The SSI disability program has other factors that might change the amount received. For example, SSI beneficiaries must provide information about their living arrangements. If you are living in a household but are not paying your fair share of the essential monthly bills (i.e. electric, water, gas, rent, mortgage, and groceries if you eat together), you will receive less in monthly SSI benefits.

Even if you are not in a living arrangement with anyone, your benefit may still be reduced if anyone is helping you pay your bills.

If you receive Social Security benefits that are lower than the SSI disability monthly amount, your SSI check will be reduced by the amount you receive in Social Security disability.

Lastly, if you are working any kind of job, your earnings may reduce the amount of monthly SSI benefits you receive.

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  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    More Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

    Common Questions about Social Security Disability and SSI

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    The SSDRC Disability Blog

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina

    Related pages:

    How far back are Social Security disability benefits awarded on an appeal?
    How long will it take to start getting disability benefits after an award notice?
    Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
    The SSI Award Letter from Social Security
    The Social Security Award Notice after Disability Benefits are Awarded
    When Do You Get A Social Security Disability Award Letter And What Does It Say?
    The Social Security Disability Five Month Waiting Period
    Check Amount on Social Security Disability Award Letter
    What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
    You Cannot get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award if you don't Provide SSA what they need
    How Much Do You Get For Disability If You Are Awarded Benefits?
    Does Your Last Job Determine If You Receive A Social Security or SSI Award?
    Can Social Security Disability Benefits Be Awarded Quickly?
    The Social Security disability award notice process in North Carolina
    How is Social Security Disability and SSI Awarded?
    If you apply for disability in Hawaii
    Getting a Disability Lawyer in Hawaii

    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