September 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

September 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Analysis

The Social Security Administration (SSA) just released its September 2023 SSD benefits statistics report. This monthly statistical snapshot shows disability pay amounts and how many people got those benefits during the last 30 days. Want to see how your own SSI or SSDI check compares to everyone else’s? These reports let you do just that. Our analysis includes current data for both federal programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

September 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 8,598,000

Disabled Workers: 7,443,000

Spouses of Disabled Workers: 89,000

Children of Disabled Workers: 1,066,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,350

Disabled Workers: $1,486.89

Spouses of Disabled Workers: $407.72

Children of Disabled Workers: $472.89

How the September 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries

We noted 28,000 fewer total people getting monthly payments in the September 2023 SSD benefits statistics report. Disabled workers made up most of those losses, falling by 25,000 since the August report. Husbands and wives getting benefits through their partners stayed flat during the past month. Lastly, there are now 3,000 fewer children getting SSDI because of a disabled parent:

September 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Total Beneficiaries

Since the start of 2023, the SSA also awarded more than 603,000 new applicants monthly SSD payments. During the past month, the SSA also awarded benefits to all these people whose payments should start in October:

  • 47,440 disabled workers (25,642 men and 21,798 women)
  • 2,384 spouses (268 husbands and 2,116 wives)
  • 19,006 children of disabled workers

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

The September 2023 SSD benefits statistics report shows pay amounts changed very little compared to August. Average benefits for children, however, fell by $.61 in the past month. Spouses also saw less money, with an average $.28 less in monthly SSD income. Disabled workers themselves saw a six-cent raise, while the average SSD payment nationwide rose by just one penny:

September 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Monthly Monetary Average

SSD claims approved in September 2023 are paying the following amounts each month, on average:

  • $1,671.38 for disabled workers ($1,827.45 for men, and $1,487.78 for women)
  • $425.27 for spouses ($357.73 for husbands, and $433.82 for wives)
  • $464.11 for children

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

This report also tracks disability pay amounts and recipient numbers for the federal SSI program. The September 2023 SSD benefits statistics report shows a steep drop in total SSI beneficiaries this month:

Total SSI beneficiaries: 7,450,000 (-43,000)

Children younger than 18: 986,000 (-8,000)

People aged 18-64: 4,078,000 (-26,000)

SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,386,000 (+2,000)

The following are September 2023’s monthly average SSI payments for every age group:

  • $676.06 (for all groups combined)
  • $797.43 for children
  • $718.87 for those aged 18-64
  • $552.99 for seniors 65 and older (i.e., awards based on age, not disability status)

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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, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity,, 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.