December 2018 SSD benefits statistics report

December 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

The December 2018 SSD benefits statistics report is out from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This monthly update shows any changes over the last 30 days to SSD beneficiary numbers and average monthly payment amounts. We track these reported changes so you can compare your own benefits against the national average. Below, we’ll explain how these numbers changed once the 2019 2.8% COLA went into effect.

December 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics Update

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 10,162,000

Disabled Workers: 8,537,000

Spouses of Disabled Workers: 119,000

Children of Disabled Workers: 1,507,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,096.99

Disabled Workers: $1,233.70

Spouses of Disabled Workers: $350.37

Children of Disabled Workers: $381.11

How the December 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries

The December 2018 SSD benefits statistics report reverses the beneficiary increase we noted in last month’s update. While 12,000 more people total got SSD benefits in November, the latest report lists 21,000 fewer total beneficiaries for December. With both spousal and child beneficiary categories staying flat month-over-month, disabled workers make up virtually all losses in December’s report.

This lower number also includes any fraudulent, deceased or ineligible cases struck from the SSA’s disability rolls since November. Ready for the best news we gathered from this month’s report? Fewer claimants mean the SSA can potentially review and approve new benefit applications that much faster!

December 2018 SSD Benefits - Total Monthly Claimants

December 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats

Every claimant category in the December 2018 SSD benefits statistics report got a 2.8% pay raise this month. Disabled workers got paid $33.79 more this holiday season. Spouses received another $9.74 in this month’s deposit, and dependent children saw $11.09 more compared to November’s payments. The total average beneficiary payment amount for December rose $29.91 month-over-month nationwide.

December 2018 SSD Benefits Statistics - Monthly Monetary Averages

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Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity,, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.