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If I get a pension from my job, will my Social Security Disability Check be lowered or taken away?

I was approved for full disability over 10 years ago and received $1500/month. I recently got a letter from my former employer, for whom I worked for almost 30 years, and they gave me paperwork to receive $613 a month in pension. Will my disability be affected by this? Will they take away all the disability, or lower it according to my monthly payment. And what if I want to take the $113K as a lump sum? Thank you so much.

If you are receiving Social Security disability you can receive you pension monthly or in a lump sum. Social Security disability is not a need-based disability program, because it is based upon your earnings. Consequently, you can take your pension without the worry of it affecting your Social Security disability benefits.

Here is a copy of a separate page on this site where someone asked a similar question (If I File For Disability Will They Offset My Pension?).

From the page:

Social Security disability does not offset your pension unless your pension is based upon earnings that were not taxed for the purposes of Social Security. In years past, some states, businesses, and companies opted out of the Social Security system. If your pension is based upon non-covered earnings (not taxed), Social Security may offset your disability benefit amount. Generally, individuals who have pensions have no problem receiving their full Social Security disability benefit because their pension is based upon covered earnings.

If you are receiving a disability pension from an employer or long term disability company, there is a likelihood that they will offset what they pay you each month once you have been approved for Social Security disability.

If you are receiving a retirement pension from a governmental agency or an employer, it is unlikely that your entitlement to Social Security disability will cause your retirement pension to be offset (unless the retirement is base non covered earnings, i.e. federal civil service employees). The same is true if you are receiving a military retirement or disability pension.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Are Social Security Disability Benefits Taxable?
Social Security Disability - What is considered earned income versus unearned income according to the SSA?
Why does a Veteran's Spouse lose SSI after a service connected disability is approved?
I receive a disability pension from a different country, can I get SSDI?
Can You Receive Social Security Disability Or SSI Benefits At the Same Time As VA or Veterans’ Benefits?
Am I Eligible to get Benefits (SSDI, Medicare) if I worked overseas and get a disability pension from another country?

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
The Difference Between Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI – How are they different Part II