April 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

April 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

The April 2022 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is here, along with our analysis. Each month’s statistical update shows how disability pay and beneficiary numbers changed during the last 30 days. That way, anyone on disability can compare their monthly payments with the national average. We’ll review new data from both federal benefit programs below: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).



April 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 9,168,000

Disabled Workers: 7,839,000

Spouses of Disabled Workers: 96,000

Children of Disabled Workers: 1,233,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,226.03

Disabled Workers: $1,361.40

Spouses of Disabled Workers: $377.02

Children of Disabled Workers: $431.25

How the April 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries

Much like March, the April 2022 SSD benefits report shows most groups added new beneficiaries this month. Another 17,000 disabled workers joined the SSD rolls during the last 30 days, along with 1,000 new spouses. However, the SSA reported 2,000 fewer children of disabled workers receiving benefits since March’s report came out. Overall, that brings the number of total SSD beneficiaries up nationwide by 17,000:

April 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Total Beneficiaries

Included in the numbers shown above are the 69,212 newly approved SSD claimants for April. Here’s how those new beneficiaries break down for each category:

  • 47,131 disabled workers (25,103 men and 22,028 women)
  • 2,242 spouses of disabled workers (230 husbands and 2,012 wives)
  • 19,839 children of disabled workers  

April 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats

The April 2022 SSD benefits statistics report also shows average pay amounts for each group receiving benefits. For the second month in a row, average payments increased to every category of SSD beneficiaries. Children of disabled workers grew the least, adding another $.82 in monthly SSD benefits for April. Spouses also saw a modest $1.04/month SSD benefit increase, on average. Average SSD benefits paid to disabled workers rose $1.24 compared to March. Combined, these shifts in pay brought the average SSD payment nationwide up by $1.50 this month:

April 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Monthly Monetary Average

These changes represent average SSD benefit amounts paid to both existing and newly approved claimants. That said, newly approved applicants typically get more money compared to people the SSA awarded benefits in years past. See the latest average benefit payments for newly approved SSD claims below:

  • $1,560.47/month to disabled workers ($1,714.50/month for men, and $1,384.94/month for women)
  • $383.90/month to spousal beneficiaries ($345.28/month for husbands, and $388.32/month for wives)
  • $441.05/month to children of disabled workers

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Data in the April 2022 Report

The April 2022 SSD benefits statistics report also shows SSI pay amounts and how many people get them by age. Unlike last month, one group gained new SSI beneficiaries this month — seniors aged 65 and older:

Total SSI beneficiaries: 7,625,000 (-24,000)

Children under 18 receiving SSI: 1,027,000 (-8,000)

SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,307,000 (-16,000)

SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,292,000 (+1,000)

Next, here are the April 2022 SSD benefits report’s average monthly SSI payments:

  • $625.39/month (all SSI beneficiaries in every age group nationwide, averaged)
  • $739.18/month for children younger than 18
  • $659.02/month for those aged 18-64
  • $511.47/month for seniors 65+ on SSI based on age and income alone

The SSA is nearly 3x more likely to award you benefits when a Social Security attorney files your application. Those who qualify for legal assistance through this website usually get at least $12,000 at once and monthly benefits. People who apply without legal assistance usually go 2-3 years with no income and may never get benefits.

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