January 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

January 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Analysis

It’s time to review the January 2023 SSD benefits statistics report from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA’s monthly update shows how disability pay and beneficiary numbers changed during the last 30 days. This allows people currently getting benefits to compare their own payments with the national average. Our analysis below includes the latest numbers for both federal programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

January 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 8,799,000

Disabled Workers: 7,566,000

Spouses of Disabled Workers: 90,000

Children of Disabled Workers: 1,142,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,340.82

Disabled Workers: $1,483.11

Spouses of Disabled Workers: $407.28

Children of Disabled Workers: $471.73

How the January 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries

The January 2023 SSD benefits statistics report shows 42,000 fewer people across the country now getting monthly payments. Like past reports, disabled workers fell the most of any group. That group fell by 38,000 since December 2022’s report came out. Children made up the next-largest loss group, down 4,000 during the last 30 days. Husbands and wives getting benefits via their partners also fell by 1,000 for January:

January 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Total Beneficiaries

While these numbers keep falling, know that the SSA awarded SSD benefits to nearly 69,000 new people this month. Today, about 1 in 8 people getting monthly Social Security benefits receive SSD payments.

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

Average monthly benefit payments in the January 2023 SSD benefits statistics report are all over the place. However, we’re betting we will see these amounts rise over the next few months. Payments to husbands and wives fell $1.14, on average, compared to last month’s report. Average benefits to children rose nearly a dollar since December. However, disabled workers only got a penny more for January. These changes brought the national SSD pay amount down four cents at the start of 2023:

January 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Monthly Monetary Average

Here are the average SSD payments for people whose benefits begin within the next month:

  • $1,629.29 per month for all people who cannot work, on average, across the nation
  • $1,840.37 per month for men, on average
  • $1,401.09 per month for women, on average

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

Last but not least are the updated SSI numbers in the January 2023 SSD benefits statistics report. Every group of people on SSI benefits got smaller this month except seniors at least 65 years old:

Total people getting SSI payments in the U.S.: 7,554,000 (+12,000)

Children younger than 18 on SSI: 1,008,000 (+11,000)

People getting SSI aged 18-64: 4,191,000 (-5,000)

People on SSI aged 65+: 2,355,000 (+6,000)

January 2023’s average SSI pay amounts broken down by age group are as follows:

  • $677.16 per month (all people on SSI in the U.S.)
  • $793.99 per month for children
  • $718.28 per month for those aged 18-64
  • $553.94 per month for seniors at least 65 years old

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