Disabled workers monthly payments 2017

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

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 payment for disabled workers across all age groups is currently $1,278.18/month. Click on each interactive tab below to see average monthly SSDI payments to disabled workers by gender as well as age range.

Interestingly, nearly five times as many men (10,819) get the highest monthly payment compared to women (2,316). In December 2020, 13,135 disabled workers nationwide got paid $3,000 or more in monthly SSDI benefits.

SSDI Payments For Each Age Group

You’ll see that regardless of gender, disabled workers aged 50-65 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 2020 Annual Statistical Supplement, about 1 in 10 disabled workers stopped receiving SSDI by the end of 2019. 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. Once the SSA determines your condition improves enough to start working again, they terminate your benefits the next month. This happened to 104,669 people (about 12%) who stopped receiving SSDI checks.
  • Of the 870,827 disabled workers removed from SSDI beneficiary rolls, 27.6% died (240,514 people).
  • About 60% reached full retirement age and automatically converted to Social Security retirement benefits instead (520,905 people).
  • Almost .4% found jobs (3,086 people), so they didn’t need monthly disability benefits to make ends meet the following year.

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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.