How much does Disability pay?

Social Security Disability benefits are paid monthly, but the amount is unique for each individual.

We get this question all the time, but the answer is not easy or exact. To determine your Disability payment, the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a complex formula that is based upon your earnings history. Simply put, it depends on how long you worked and how much you earned and paid into the system.

As of February 2016, the average monthly Social Security Disability payment to a disabled worker was $1,165, but you can receive anywhere up to $2,639.

A good place to start to determine your potential payment is your annual Social Security statement. A Disability payment estimate should be listed on there. There is also a benefits estimate calculator on the SSA’s website that you may find useful when trying to determine how much you could receive.

It’s important to point out that, in addition to a monthly check, most Social Security Disability recipients also get a one-time, lump sum of back pay after they are finally awarded benefits. This is because there is a huge backlog of Disability claims. It can take a long time for cases to make their way through the system and get the government’s stamp of approval. Also, your spouse and children may also be eligible for monthly Social Security Disability payments, which are referred to as auxiliary benefits.

We hope you found this information helpful. Please visit our FAQs page to see other questions like, “How much does Disability pay?” The Social Security Disability team at McDonald Law Firm have helped countless people obtain Social Security Disability benefits, and we would be glad to help you, too. Contact us today at 855-702-9061 to get started. 

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