How Much Have Monthly SSD Benefits Increased Since 1960?

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Since 1960, the Social Security disability program has steadily increased the average monthly payment amount. In some years, SSD benefits increased significantly. This increase is due in part to Cost-Of-Living Adjustments (COLA) and economic inflation. The SSA’s Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program tracks each year’s average disability benefit payments. In some years, we that monthly SSD benefits increased dramatically for disabled American workers. This is great news for those looking to apply for Social Security Disability now or in the near future.



See How Much Average SSD Benefits Increased Annually Each Year

After adjusting for inflation rates, the year when SSD benefits increased the most happened from 2007 to 2008. SSD beneficiaries that year enjoyed a $59.10 average monthly raise.

1960: $89.31 per month

1961: $89.59 per month

1962: $89.99 per month

1963: $90.59 per month

1964: $91.12 per month

1965: $97.76 per month

1966: $98.09 per month

1967: $98.43 per month

1968: $111.86 per month

1969: $112.74 per month

1970: $131.26 per month

1971: $146.52 per month

1972: $179.32 per month

1973: $183 per month

1974: $205.70 per month

1975: $225.90 per month

1976: $245.17 per month

1977: $265.30 per month

1978: $288.30 per month

1979: $322 per month

1980: $370.70 per month

1981: $413.20 per month

1982: $440.60 per month

1983: $456.20 per month

1984: $470.70 per month

1985: $483.80 per month

1986: $487.90 per month

1987: $508.20 per month

1988: $529.50 per month

1989: $556 per month

1990: $587.20 per month

1991: $609.40 per month

1992: $626.10 per month

1993: $641.70 per month

1994: $661.40 per month

1995: $681.60 per month

1996: $703.90 per month

1997: $721.60 per month

1998: $733.10 per month

1999: $754.10 per month

2000: $786.40 per month

2001: $814.40 per month

2002: $834.30 per month

2003: $861.60 per month

2004: $894.10 per month

2005: $938 per month

2006: $977.70 per month

2007: $1,004 per month

2008: $1,063.10 per month

2009: $1,064.30 per month

2010: $1,067.80 per month

2011: $1,110.50 per month

2012: $1,130.34 per month

2013: $1,146.42 per month

2014: $1,165.39 per month

2015: $1,165.79 per month

2016: $1,171 per month

2017: $1,197 per month

2018: $1,200 per month

2019: $1,234 per month

You May Qualify for Legal Assistance

If you’re considering applying for disability benefits, speak with an experienced Social Security attorney. A lawyer will charge you nothing for legal assistance today, and won’t accept your case unless you’re likely to win benefits. In fact, 80% of claimants that win benefits at their appeals hearing have legal representation. It’s the best way to get the most benefits you’re owed paid faster. This year, SSD benefits increased the most since 2012 (2.8%), so you’ll want legal help speeding up your claim review process, if possible!

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