February 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

February 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

It’s time for us to review the February 2023 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This monthly update shows how benefit pay amounts and who gets those payments changed during the past 30 days. If you get benefits now, you can also use these updates to compare yours against the national average. We’ll go over the latest numbers below for both federal programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

February 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 8,763,000

Disabled Workers: 7,534,000

Spouses of Disabled Workers: 89,000

Children of Disabled Workers: 1,140,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,340.70

Disabled Workers: $1,483.17

Spouses of Disabled Workers: $406.31

Children of Disabled Workers: $472.28

How the February 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries

The February 2023 SSD benefits statistics report shows at least 36,000 fewer people getting payments compared to last month. In fact, the SSA has struck off 388,000 total beneficiaries from the SSD payment rolls in the past year. Workers themselves make up most of this month’s losses (-36,000 compared to January 2023). Husbands and wives who get SSD through their spouse dropped by 1,000 since last month. There are also 2,000 fewer children on February’s SSD rolls compared to January:

February 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Total Beneficiaries

How many people did the SSA award SSD benefits to for February? Here are how those latest numbers break down:

  • 44,345 disabled workers (23,838 men and 20,507 women)
  • 2,074 spouses (234 husbands and 1,840 wives)
  • 18,796 children of disabled workers

February 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats

Next let’s look at how monthly payments changed in the February 2023 SSD benefits statistics report. Average SSD benefits for children rose by $.55 this month. Disabled workers also saw a small increase in average monthly payments, going up $.06 for February. However, spousal benefits this month fell, on average, by nearly a dollar ($.97). Overall, that brings the average SSD payment nationwide down $.12 this month:

February 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Total Beneficiaries

Here are the average SSD amounts for people newly approved this month:

  • $1,686.03 per month for disabled workers ($1,847.44 for men and $1,498.39 for women whose benefits start in March)
  • $401.69 per month for spouses ($319 for husbands, and $412.20 for wives)
  • $473.32 per month for children with disabled parents

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Numbers in the February 2023 Report

We also have the February 2023 SSD benefits statistics report’s updated SSI program numbers. The most interesting thing this month is that people who get SSI based on age alone didn’t change compared to January:

Total SSI beneficiaries: 7,538,000 (-16,000)

Children younger than 18 on SSI: 1,007,000 (-1,000)

SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,177,000 (-14,000)

SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,355,000 (no change)

Average monthly SSI payments for February are as follows, broken down by age group:

  • $675.37 per month (all people on SSI in the U.S.)
  • $785.13 per month for children
  • $717.63 per month for those aged 18-64
  • $553.59 per month for those aged 65 and up

The SSA is nearly 3x more likely to award you benefits when a Social Security attorney files your paperwork. Most people who qualify for help through this site get at least $13,000 in back pay plus monthly SSD. 

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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 Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, 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.