How Much Social Security Disability Income Will I Get?

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Americans who worked long enough to have paid into the Social Security system can get Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if they become disabled to the point that they can no longer work. Benefits are paid monthly if you have a medical condition expected to last at least one year or result in death, according to the Social Security Administration.

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The amount of your payment depends on your work and salary history, similar to Social Security. The longer you work and the more you earn, the higher your SSDI payment. In 2022, the average payment is $1,358 a month, the Kansas City Star reported. Most benefits range from $800 to $1,800 a month. The maximum monthly benefit is about $3,100.

Nearly two-thirds of SSDI recipients receive less than the average, according to DisabilitySecrets, published by the Nolo legal website. Only about 10% of SSDI recipients receive $2,000 a month or more. The 2022 average monthly benefit for an SSDI recipient with a spouse and children is $2,383.

To find out how much your SSDI benefit might be should you ever need it, you can get an estimate by creating a My Social Security account and plugging in the requested information.

All Social Security payments, including SSDI, should see a big spike in 2023 thanks to what is expected to be the largest cost-of-living adjustment in more than 40 years. According to the latest estimate, the 2023 COLA should be in the neighborhood of 8.7%.

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To be eligible for SSDI, you must have been employed for a certain number of years and paid Social Security withholding taxes, though there are exceptions. As the KC Star noted, if a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, certain members of their family might be eligible, including their spouse, ex-spouse and children.

If you have never worked and don’t qualify for an SSDI exception, you still might be eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits. These are available to adults and children with a disability or blindness who meet certain income and resource criteria. Unlike SSDI, SSI is not funded by Social Security.

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The quickest way to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance is to go online at the SSA’s Disability Benefits webpage. You can also apply by phone at 800-772-1213 (TYY 1-800-325-0778) or by making an appointment at your local Social Security office. You can find a nearby office by typing in your zip code on the SSA’s office locator page located here.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.
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