The July 2022 SSD benefits statistics report numbers from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is here, along with our analysis. This monthly statistical update shows any changes to disability pay and beneficiary numbers during the last 30 days. Those on disability can see how their payments look vs. the national monthly average with every update. Below, we’ll review the latest numbers from both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit programs.
July 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics Report
Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 9,009,000
Disabled Workers: 7,750,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 94,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,164,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,231.13
Disabled Workers: $1,362.03
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $376.80
Children of Disabled Workers: $428.80
How the July 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries
We lost another 61,000 total beneficiaries in the July 2022 SSD benefits statistics report compared to June’s numbers. Just like last month, children of disabled workers saw the sharpest declines, losing 31,000 beneficiaries during this 30-day period. Coming in a close second is disabled workers themselves, falling by 30,000 month-over-month. Spousal beneficiaries stayed flat compared to June:
With numbers falling steadily each month, we predict we’ll see fewer than 9 million total SSD beneficiaries for August. But it’s not all losses, of course! The SSA also approved tens of thousands of new SSD recipients in the past month. Here’s a look at this month’s brand-new SSD claim approval numbers:
- 45,762 disabled workers (24,623 men and 21,139 women)
- 2,132 spouses of disabled workers (222 husbands and 1,910 wives)
- 15,169 children of disabled workers
July 2022 SSD Benefits Statistics: Looking Deeper at the Monetary Stats
The July 2022 SSD benefits statistics report also lists average payments for all recipient categories. Two groups had lower average benefit payments for July: children of disabled workers (down $1.56) and spousal beneficiaries (down $.44). Disabled workers themselves received a 15-cent average benefit increase for July compared to June. Overall, the total average SSD payment rose by $2.26 this month nationwide:
The SSA’s monthly report lists average SSD benefit amounts by group using all recipients in active-payment status. However, your own SSD amount will vary, depending on your work income before becoming disabled. July’s newly approved SSD claimants will get the following average benefit amounts starting this month:
- $1,560.26/month for disabled workers ($1,713.23/month for men, and $1,382.08/month for women)
- $389.79/month for spousal beneficiaries ($361.34/month for husbands, and $393.09/month for wives)
- $417.16/month for children of disabled workers
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Data in the July 2022 Report
The July 2022 SSD benefits statistics report also shows how many people now receive SSI and average pay amounts. The only group that didn’t lose SSI beneficiaries between May and June are seniors at least 65 years old:
Total SSI beneficiaries: 7,590,000 (-16,000)
Children under 18 receiving SSI: 1,024,000 (-8,000)
SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,281,000 (-26,000)
SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,301,000 (+2,000)
July 2022’s average SSI payments for each age category are as follows:
- $624.24/month (all SSI beneficiary groups nationwide, averaged together)
- $736.44/month for children younger than 18
- $659.14/month for people aged 18 to 64
- $510.64/month for those at least 65 years old
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
The SSA is nearly 3x more likely to award disability benefits when a Social Security attorney files your application. Those who qualify for legal assistance usually get at least $12,000 in lump-sum backpay and monthly payments. People who apply on their own without a lawyer usually wait 2+ years for their first payment. In fact, just 1 in every 5 people get benefits the first time they apply, and nearly all have attorneys.
You’ll pay $0 for legal assistance if the SSA doesn’t award you benefits. But if you win, then you’ll only pay a small, one-time fee.
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