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How much does Social Security pay in disability benefits?

Social Security disability payment amounts vary greatly, because they are based upon a disability beneficiary’s earnings in the years prior to the onset of their disability. If a disability beneficiary has had higher earnings or has worked for longer period of time, their disability benefits are usually higher than those of a younger disability beneficiary who may have lower earnings and fewer years of earnings.

What affects the amount of monthly Social Security Disability Benefits you may receive?

There are very few factors that can reduce a Social Security disability beneficiary’s monthly disability benefits. The most common offset or reduction to Social Security disability monthly benefit amounts is the receipt of workman’s compensation benefits.

However, Social Security disability beneficiaries who receive pensions or disability benefits from employers or government agencies that did, or do not, pay into Social Security may also be subject to an offset or reduction in their monthly Social Security disability benefits.

Some Social Security disability beneficiaries receive disability benefits that are so low that they may still be able to receive monetary disability benefits from the needs based Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability program.

If a disability beneficiary receives both Social Security disability and SSI disability benefits, their total monthly benefit amount is always governed by the maximum SSI disability monthly amount. SSI disability beneficiaries have a set monthly maximum disability benefit amount that increases each year that Social Security gives a cost of living increase.

However, not all SSI disability beneficiaries are entitled to receive the maximum SSI disability amount. Since SSI is a needs based disability program, other factors affect the amount of SSI disability benefits an individual is eligible to receive.

What affects the amount of monthly SSI disability benefits you may receive?

The two most common factors that affect the amount of a SSI beneficiary’s monthly disability amount are living arrangements and work activity. “Living arrangement disability benefit reduction” usually hinges on the ability of a SSI beneficiary to pay their fair share of the living expenses in the household they live in.

For example, if a SSI disability beneficiary lives in a household of three individuals, they should be able to pay one third of the household expenses (rent, mortgage, electric, garbage, heating fuel, water, etc.). If they are unable to pay their fair share of the household expenses, they will receive a reduced disability benefit until they are able to pay their share.

Additionally, if a person receiving SSI is receiving outside help paying their bills, they may receive a reduced monthly disability amount because of the financial help they receive.

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    How long does it take for Social Security Disability or SSI?

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    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

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

    SSI Disability Benefits, Questions and Answers

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

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    An Overview of Social Security Disability and SSI

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    The Disability Requirements to be eligible for SSD and SSI Benefits

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

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    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

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    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

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    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