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How much does Social Security Disability or SSI pay?
How much does disability pay?
The answer to this question actually depends on whether or not a person will be receiving their disability benefits through either the SSD or the SSI program. Social Security administers two separate disability programs: Social Security disability and Supplemental Security income, which is SSI. When it comes to deciding whether or not an individual is disabled and eligible to receive benefits, the process is identical for either program. In short, there is only one system of determining medical eligibility.
However, things are different when it comes to benefit amounts. SSD, or Social Security disability has no set amount of money for someone who has been approved for disability. This is because monthly SSD benefits are determined by a person's work history, or, rather, how much they paid into the system through their FICA taxes over the years. Some individuals may receive only a few hundred dollars per month while some will receive well over $2000 per month. The current average monthly SSD benefit has been quoted as $1234.
SSI does have a set maximum amount
SSI disability has a set maximum amount payable to a single individual and to couples and that amount changes each year. Additionally, the SSI pay amount may be affected by the disabled individualís living arrangements. For example, if an individual is approved for SSI disability, they are expected to pay their share of the expenses for the household in which they live. If they do not, their disability benefit amount will be lowered to less than the maximum amount.
Note: Currently, the maximum amount that one individual may receive for SSI disability is $771 per month.
Ways that SSD differs from SSI
In a number of ways, Social Security disability is very different than SSI disability. Unlike SSI, the amount that a person receives from this program is not the same as every recipient. Social Security Disability is based on an individualís earnings record (earnings that are reported to the Internal Revenue Service yearly).
Your earnings record is used to determine your insured status (whether or not you qualify for SSD benefits in the first place). Also, the amount of money that is payable to you as a disability benefit is based on your earnings record.
Can you get SSD and SSI together?
For example, if you have worked very little or have had low earnings, your potential Social Security disability benefit will be low. If it is very low, however, you may be eligible to receive both SSI and social security disability. This is known as a concurrent claim.
On the other hand, if you have had higher earnings and consistent work activity, your monthly disability benefit pay will be higher. Additionally, if an individual is allowed for Social Security disability there may be additional benefits payable to their dependents.
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
Medical exams for disability claims
Applying for Disability in various states
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
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits
FAQ on Disability Claim Representation
Disability hearings before Judges
Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers
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
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
Resources on this site
Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
About the Author of SSDRC, Tim Moore
For Individuals living in North Carolina
Applying for Disability in North Carolina
North Carolina Disability Lawyer
How much does Disability Pay?
Does Social Security disability pay for medicine prescriptions?
How much does Social Security pay in disability benefits?
Does Social Security disability pay for doctor visits?
Will Social Security Disability Pay for X-rays or an MRI?
After I File For Disability Will Social Security Pay For Me To See A Doctor?
When does Social Security pay the first disability benefit check?
When can I expect my first disability check and my back pay check?
Social Security Disability For Back Condition pain in California
How much can you make in California and still apply for disability?
Disability requirements and criteria in California
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