Infographic: How Much Disabled Workers Get Paid In Monthly SSDI Benefits

Disabled workers monthly payments 2017

Maybe you’re considering applying for monthly Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits. Or, maybe you just want to know how your check stacks up against everyone else’s this year. Below, our three infographics break down SSDI payments for disabled workers by age, gender and monthly check amount. We’ve also included other interesting stats about disabled workers and SSDI that we pulled directly from the Social Security Administration’s actuarial tables.



SSDI Monthly Payments to Disabled Workers by Dollar Amount, Age Range and Gender

Below, we list how much disabled workers currently get broken down by dollar amount every month in SSDI benefits. According to the SSA, the average SSDI check amount for disabled workers is currently $1,196.87. Click on each interactive tab below to see average monthly SSDI payments to disabled workers by gender and age range.

Interestingly, almost five times as many men (11,266) get the maximum monthly payment compared to women (2,396).

SSDI Payments For Each Age Group

You’ll see that regardless of gender, disabled workers aged 50-59 draw the majority of monthly SSDI benefits.

In addition to the numbers above, you might wonder: After applicants get their claims approved, do they stay on SSDI forever? In a word, no. According to the SSA’s own 2018 Annual Report Supplement, 1 in 10 beneficiaries stopped receiving SSDI by the end of 2017. Here’s why:

  • Disabled workers must undergo continuing reviews every 3-7 years. Each state’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) office performs this medical exam, not the beneficiary’s personal physician. If they determine an individual’s condition improves enough to start working again, that person’s benefits are terminated the following month. This happened to 42,493 people (about 5%) who stopped receiving SSDI checks.
  • Of the 859,020 disabled workers removed from SSDI beneficiary rolls, 29% died (252,115 people).
  • About 58% reached full retirement age and automatically converted to Social Security retirement benefits instead (494,651 people).
  • Almost 6% of SSDI recipients found jobs (51,302 people), so they didn’t need monthly disability benefits to make ends meet the following year.

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