November 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

November 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Analysis

Let’s review the new November 2023 SSD benefits statistics report numbers from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This monthly report details current benefit amounts and how many people got disability payments during the last 30 days. If you rely on federal disability income, these reports give you a baseline to see how everyone else is doing. Below, we’ll review data from both of the SSA’s programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).



November 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 8,539,000

Disabled Workers: 7,390,000

Spouses of Disabled Workers: 88,000

Children of Disabled Workers: 1,060,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,352.25

Disabled Workers: $1,489.26

Spouses of Disabled Workers: $407.60

Children of Disabled Workers: $476.11

How the November 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries

There are 35,000 fewer people getting Social Security disability in the November 2023 SSD benefits statistics report compared to October. Disabled workers fell by 30,000 beneficiaries during the past 30 days. Since last month’s report came out, we saw 1,000 fewer partners getting spousal SSD payments. Finally, we noted 5,000 fewer children paid benefits in November through a disabled parent:

November 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Total Beneficiaries

Here are some other interesting things we noted in this month’s report:

  • SSD award rates are now at the lowest level since 1982 (2.9 in every 1,000 workers, or 29% of claims)
  • 79% of people getting SSD are aged 50+; just 1.4% are younger than 31
  • SSD benefits are in no danger of running out for the next 75 years

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

Pay amounts in the November 2023 SSD benefits statistics report showed mixed results. Spousal SSD payments went up $.05 between October and November. Average payments to children also rose $.58 this month. Disabled workers, however, saw a $.21 drop in their average monthly pay amounts. Adding together all these different groups, average SSD payments nationwide fell $.07 since October:

November 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Monthly Monetary Average

And here are some pay amount trends we also noted in the November 2023 SSD benefits statistics report:

  • $1,718.42 will be the average SSD pay amount for people awarded benefits in the next 30 days
  • People under 30 get less than $1,000 per month in SSD benefits, on average
  • 2.4% of people on SSD benefits get paid more than $3,000 per month; most are men aged 60-66

Keep in mind, however, there’s a 3.2% pay increase set to go into effect at the end of this month.

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

The November 2023 SSD benefits statistics report also tracks SSI program numbers and average monthly payments. Since September, it appears every beneficiary group grew larger except for working-age people on SSI:

Total SSI beneficiaries: 7,431,000 (-33,000)

Children younger than 18: 985,000 (-8,000)

People aged 18-64: 4,049,000 (-27,000)

SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,396,000 (+1,000)

The following are November 2023’s monthly average SSI amounts for each age group:

  • $673.86 (for all groups combined)
  • $785.28 for children
  • $718.33 for those aged 18-64
  • $552.97 for seniors 65 and older (i.e., awards based on age and financial status, not disability or blindness)

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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.