Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability Insurance Payments
- How much is the monthly payment from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit cases receive approval from the Social Security Administration (SSA) individually. The SSDI payment amount depends upon your average indexed monthly earnings prior to becoming disabled. There are adjustments for low wage earners and family maximum levels that may change from year-to-year. Your payment may also be lowered or “offset” based on whether you receive other types of disability benefits (i.e., Workers’ Compensation). The average monthly benefit amount in 2018 was $1,197.
- If I am approved for disability, when will I get my first payment?
SSDI payments normally begin in the sixth month following the date of disability. This may be delayed if your application was not sent in early or was not approved the first time through. SSI payments normally begin the first full month after application.
- What is the wait time between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) approval and the first payment?
Beneficiaries who have been approved to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically wait up to two months to receive their first SSDI payment. While back pay associated with an SSDI claim may take even longer, it should reflect the time between approval and first payment. Any beneficiary who has not received SSDI benefits within 90 days of approval should contact the SSA.