How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay
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 individual’s 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 individual’s 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.
What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?
Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?
How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?
Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved
What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?
What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Receiving a Disability Award Letter
Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
Applying for disability in your state
Most popular topics on SSDRC.com
Social Security Disability SSI Questions
The listings, list of disabling impairments
Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?
Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials
How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application
Filing for disability - when to file
How to apply for disability - where to apply
Qualifications for disability benefits
How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits
Qualifying for Disability - The Process
How to get disability for depression
Getting disability for fibromyalgia
SSI disability for children with ADHD
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions
Social Security Disability SSI definitions
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
New and featured pages on SSDRC.com
Who can help me file for disability?
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.
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
Permanent Social Security Disability
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
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?
For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.
The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.
To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.