Social Security Disability Benefits Pay Chart 2022

Social Security disability payments increased by 5.9% in 2022. See how much you can earn in this Social Security Disability Benefits Pay Chart guide.

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The Social Security disability benefits pay chart applies only to payments through the SSI program. It does not apply if the benefits you receive are through the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

Also Read: How to Win a Social Security Disability Claim

What Are the Maximum Social Security Disability Benefits?

The monthly benefits issued for 2022 include:

  • The current maximum Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for an individual is $841 per month.
  • The current maximum amount for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) is $3,148 per month.
  • The average disability payment for a disabled worker receiving SSDI is $1,358 per month.  

Source: Investopedia 

How to Calculate Social Security SSI Benefits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for low or no-income individuals. It provides money for basic needs. SSI, at its core, is a welfare program for the disabled. For example:

  • Individuals must have less than $2,000 in assets
  • A married couple must have less than $3,000 in assets 

Note: When calculating the assets for a married individual, SSA will count the working spouse’s income toward the $3,000 asset limit.

The monthly payment in the Social Security Disability Pay Chart shows the maximum an individual or a couple may receive. However, your payment may be less. SSA places income limits on people who receive SSI.

The monthly maximum SSI Federal Payments amounts for 2022:  

  • $841 for an eligible individual
  • $1,261 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse
  • $421 for an essential person

Note: Maximum Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment amounts increase with the cost-of-living increases that apply to Social Security benefits. The latest increase was 5.9 percent, effective January 2022.

Social Security Disability Benefits Pay Chart

Recipient2021 Annual Amounts2022 Annual Amounts2022 Monthly Amounts
Eligible individual$9,530.12$10,092.40$841
Eligible couple$14,293.61$15,136.93$1,261
Essential person$4,775.99$5,057.77$421
*The unrounded amounts for 2022 equal the unrounded amounts for 2021, increased by 5.9 percent.

If you have earnings from a job or other sources of income, it may be deducted from the maximum SSI monthly benefit as shown in the pay chart. It may also result in a reduced payment to you. However, SSI does not count all income. 

Examples of income that is not countable against you include the following:

  • The first $20 a month of earned or unearned income
  • The first $65 of earned monthly income, such as from working at a job
  • One-half of the balance remaining of earned income after deducting the first $65 and, if you did not have other earned or unearned income in a month, the $20 exclusion

Note: There may also be deductions because of your living arrangements (i.e., an adult getting free room and board.

How to Calculate Social Security SSDI Benefits

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must have worked a minimum of five years within ten years, paying taxes into Social Security. You will not qualify for this benefit if you have not worked the equivalent of five full-time years or you have not paid into the system.

SSDI can get complicated. Two important questions when looking at SSDI benefits are: 

  1. Have you worked long enough to qualify for the insurance?
  2. When does your disability insurance expire?

Note: Just like any other insurance, you will eventually stop being insured once you stop paying for it.

Any disability insurance you qualify for through working and paying into the system will typically lapse five years after you stop working. To be eligible for DIB, you must prove you met the rules of disability before your disability insurance lapses. These timeframes are calculated for each individual based on their specific work history.

Social Security uses a formula to determine how much you should receive as your monthly SSDI benefit. SSDI payments average is $1,358 per month. The SSA has an online benefits calculator that you can use to estimate your monthly benefits.

The monthly SSDI you receive is based on your lifetime earnings paid into Social Security taxes. Social Security uses your average indexed monthly earnings or AIME to begin the process of calculating your monthly benefit. 

The SSA will base your SSDI payment on your average covered earnings over several years, known as your average indexed monthly earnings (AIME). A formula is then applied to your AIME to calculate your primary insurance amount (PIA)—Your PIA is the monthly benefit amount you will receive from SSA for your SSDI payments. 

There are several options on how you can find out what your PIA is from SSA:

  1. Use SSA’s Online Benefits Calculator 
  2. Create a myssa.com account 
  3. Call your local SSA office 
  4. Or, call the National SSA 1800 number at 1-800-772-1213

It is essential to know that your monthly disability amount is not based on how long you have been disabled and unable to work. Nor is it based on your diagnosis and the severity of that diagnosis. Instead, your Disability Insurance Benefits amount is based on your earnings history that you were taxed on and paid into Social Security.

There are also potential deductions from your SSDI amount that can happen. Reasons SSA may reduce your monthly amounts are: 

  • Employment income
  • Workman’s Compensation offsets
  • SSA retirement benefits
  • Other insurance benefits
  • Outstanding government debt that is in collection status

When Do Social Security Payments Begin?

SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) Cases

Social Security disability benefits begin five full months after your disability date, known as your Alleged Onset Date.

Your payment would begin on the 6th month after your Alleged Onset Date. However, the furthest SSA will pay back due benefits on SSDI cases is 12 months before the filing date.

SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Cases

SSI payments begin the first full month after the Alleged Onset Date. However, the furthest SSA will pay back due benefits is to the first month after the protected filing date of the claimant’s SSI application.

Are Social Security Payments Taxed?

Yes and No. First, we are attorneys and not CPAs. Any tax question should be directed at your CPA or your tax preparer.

Generally, the IRS will tax your SSDI benefits when half of your benefits, plus other income, exceeds an income threshold on your tax filing status.

If you’re filing single, head of household, married filing separately, or qualifying widower, the threshold is $25,000.

If you’re filing married and jointing, that threshold is $32,000. And if you’re filing separately but lived with your spouse during the tax year, the threshold is $0

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits are not taxable.

Note: Visit irs.gov to learn additional information on paying taxes social security benefits.

How Long Does Social Security Disability Last?

Generally, disability benefits do not expire as long as the claimant is disabled and unable to work over Substantial Gainful Activity.

However, once an SSDI recipient reaches their full retirement age, they will be taken off of SSDI and converted to SSA Retirement benefits.

How Does Cost of Living (COLA) Affect Social Security Disability Payments?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes payment adjustments each year to people receiving Social Security disability benefits. The adjustment payments made through Social Security retirement, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs reflect cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments. This COLA increase is based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. For 2021, the COLA adjustment is 5.9% for 2022. 

Establishing Disability First

It is important to remember that to receive SSDI or SSI (before retirement age), you must establish that you are disabled under SSA’s current rules and regulations. You must prove that you cannot work and make more than $1,350 gross income per month due to a severe mental or physical impairment.

Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments 2022

Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments 2022

Please note that every case is unique. We encourage you to contact our firm at 1-855-360-1010 or info@evansdisability.com. Our highly trained attorneys will analyze your case to see what you qualify for and how to apply.