SSA Grid Rules: Light Work Explained

Written by TC Newlin

TC is a disability litigator and one of the managing partners in the Social Security Disability Department at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. He has had the pleasure of helping thousands of people obtain the benefits they so desperately need.

July 14, 2021

Grid Rules: Light Work

If your disability does not meet the medical requirements determined by the SSA, then you can look to the grid rules to determine eligibility.

The grid rules are organized by residual functional capacity (“RFC”). Your RFC is the most that you can do despite your limitations.

The light work grid rules are for individuals capable of performing work at no more than the light level.

What Are the Light Work Requirements?

Lifting The full range of light work requires lifting no more than 20 lbs at a time with frequent lifting up to 10 lbs. Standing/Walking This category requires a good deal of walking and standing. Thus, walking and standing is required for 6 hours total in an 8-hour day. Siting may occur intermittently during the remainder of the day; 2 hours total is required. If you can perform work at more than the light work level, you can refer to the medium work grid rules.

Light Grid Rules: Will I Be Found Disabled?

If an individual is age 50 or older and capable of performing work at no greater than the light level, a decisionmaker would need to consult to the following table to determine whether or not that individual should be found disabled.

Grid Rules: Light Table

RuleAgeEducationPrevious work experienceDecision
202.01Advanced ageLimited or lessUnskilled or noneDisabled
202.02Advanced ageLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableDisabled
202.03Advanced ageLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
202.04Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneDisabled
202.05Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - provides for direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneNot disabled
202.06Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableDisabled
202.07Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
202.08Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - provides for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
202.09Closely approaching advanced ageIlliterateUnskilled or noneDisabled
202.1Closely approaching advanced ageLimited or Marginal, but not IlliterateUnskilled or noneNot disabled
202.11Closely approaching advanced ageLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
202.12Closely approaching advanced ageLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
202.13Closely approaching advanced ageHigh school graduate or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
202.14Closely approaching advanced ageHigh school graduate or moreSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
202.15Closely approaching advanced ageHigh school graduate or moreSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
202.16Younger individualIlliterateUnskilled or noneNot disabled
202.17Younger individualLimited or Marginal, but not IlliterateUnskilled or noneNot disabled
202.18Younger individualLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
202.19Younger individualLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
202.2Younger individualHigh school graduate or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
202.21Younger individualHigh school graduate or moreSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
202.22Younger individualHigh school graduate or moreSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled

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