Amount of Social Security Disability Benefits

Benefits Calculation

When you win your claim, the amount of your monthly benefit depends first on which program you are approved for SSDI or SSI. SSDI is an insurance program that relies on a claimant’s annual wages to compute a benefit. Generally, one must have worked five out of the last ten years to be eligible for SSDI. A monthly SSDI benefit does not change based on income to you or your household. SSI, on the other hand, requires both limited income and limited assets. The amount of an SSI benefit is reduced by income received by the claimant or members of their household.

When a claim is successful, a claimant will also receive an award of back benefits. Back benefits is that amount that a claimant would have received had their claim been timely approved. In the case of an SSI award, back benefits may be split up and received over time.

How much does Social Security Disability pay?

Try using our Disability Benefits Calculator for your estimate.

Read more about Social Security Disability Benefits

learn more