Sedentary Grid Rules

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 13, 2021

Grid Rules: Sedentary 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 sedentary work grid rules are for individuals capable of performing work at no more than the sedentary level.

What Are the Sedentary Work Requirements?

Lifting The full range of sedentary work requires the ability to lift no more than 10lbs at a time and frequently lift 5lbs. Standing/Walking Although sedentary jobs are ‘sit down’ jobs, they do require a certain amount of standing and/or walking. The full range of sedentary work requires one to sit/stand up to 2 hours in an 8-hour day while sitting is required for 6 hours in an 8-hour day. sedentary work bus driver If you can perform work at more than the sedentary work level, you can refer to the light work grid rules.

Sedentary 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 sedentary level, a decisionmaker would need to consult the following table to determine whether or not that individual should be found disabled.

Grid Rules: Sedentary Table

RuleAgeEducationPrevious work experienceDecision
201.01Advanced ageLimited or lessUnskilled or noneDisabled
201.02Advanced ageLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableDisabled
201.03Advanced ageLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
201.04Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneDisabled
201.05Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - provides for direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneNot disabled
201.06Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableDisabled
201.07Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
201.08Advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - provides for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
201.09Closely approaching advanced ageLimited or lessUnskilled or noneDisabled
201.1Closely approaching advanced ageLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableDisabled
201.11Closely approaching advanced ageLimited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
201.12Closely approaching advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneDisabled
201.13Closely approaching advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - provides for direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneNot disabled
201.14Closely approaching advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableDisabled
201.15Closely approaching advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - does not provide for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
201.16Closely approaching advanced ageHigh school graduate or more - provides for direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
201.17Younger individual age 45-49IlliterateUnskilled or noneDisabled
201.18Younger individual age 45-49Limited or Marginal, but not IlliterateUnskilled or noneNot disabled
201.19Younger individual age 45-49Limited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferable.Not disabled
201.2Younger individual age 45-49Limited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
201.21Younger individual age 45-49High school graduate or moreSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferable.Not disabled
201.22Younger individual age 45-49High school graduate or moreSkilled or semiskilled-skills transferableNot disabled
201.23Younger individual age 18-44IlliterateUnskilled or noneNot disabled
201.24Younger individual age 18-44Limited or Marginal, but not IlliterateUnskilled or noneNot disabled
201.25Younger individual age 18-44Limited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
201.26Younger individual age 18-44Limited or lessSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled
201.27Younger individual age 18-44High school graduate or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
201.28Younger individual age 18-44High school graduate or moreSkilled or semiskilled - skills not transferableNot disabled
201.29Younger individual age 18-44High school graduate or moreSkilled or semiskilled - skills transferableNot disabled

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