May 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

The May 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

The Social Security Administration (SSA) just released its May 2023 SSD benefits statistics report. This update shows any changes in pay amounts and the number of people on disability during the past 30 days. If you already get SSDI or SSI, these reports highlight how your payments compare to the nationwide average. Below, we analyze the latest numbers for both federal programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

May 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report

Total Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries: 8,720,000

Disabled Workers: 7,500,000

Spouses of Disabled Workers: 90,000

Children of Disabled Workers: 1,130,000

Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,343.09

Disabled Workers: $1,485.22

Spouses of Disabled Workers: $405.81

Children of Disabled Workers: $474.50

How the May 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report Affects Beneficiaries

For only the second time in two years, total beneficiaries increased in the May 2023 SSD benefits statistics report. Compared to April’s report, 15,000 more people now get SSD payments each month. Disabled workers saw the most gains, rising by 18,000 month-over-month. Spouses also saw a jump, adding another 2,000 people on SSD to that group’s list. Children receiving benefits through a parent, however, fell by 5,000 during the last 30 days:

May 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Total Beneficiaries

Since April, the SSA also awarded SSD benefits to 69,927 new people.

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

The May 2023 SSD benefits statistics report also shows big gains in the average monthly payment for all age groups. Disabled workers saw their average payments go up $1.76 compared to last month. Husbands and wives enjoyed another $1.29 for May, while children’s average SSD payments increased by $.78:

May 2023 SSD Benefits Statistics Report: Monthly Monetary Average

The average monthly payment for claims approved between April and May is $1,683.32.

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

Updated SSI payments and how many people get them are also listed in the May 2023 SSD benefits statistics report. Below is a summary of SSI program changes that occurred during the past 30 days:

Total SSI beneficiaries: 7,514,000 (+3,000)

Children younger than 18 on SSI: 1,001,000 (same as last month)

SSI recipients aged 18-64: 4,144,000 (-5,000)

SSI recipients aged 65+: 2,369,000 (+7,000)

The May 2023 SSD benefits statistics report shows monthly SSI payments for every age group are as follows:

  • $675.10 (averaged across all people on SSI)
  • $788.90 for children
  • $717.36 for those 18-64 years old
  • $553.14 for anyone aged 65 or older

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