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How Much Will My 2022 Social Security Disability Payment Be?

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Calculate Your Disability Benefit

Your Social Security Disability Payments will see a major change in 2022. In October 2021, the Social Security Administration announced a 5.9% cost-of-living-adjustment (C.O.L.A.).

This is the largest increase in Disability Benefits in almost 30 years.  In fact, it is the largest increase since 1982 when the Administration increased benefits by 7.4%.

How Much are Typical Disability Payments Going to Change?

This increase will show up in beneficiaries’ January 2022 statements.  SSD recipients will receive the raise with their typical January check.  SSI recipients receive payments on the first of the month.

Because January 1 is a holiday, they will technically receive their increased amount on December 30th.

The average disabled worker will see an increase in their take-home pay of about $75 per month.  It went from about $1,282 in 2021 to $1,358 in 2022.

The average disabled family (disabled worker, spouse, and children) will see their benefits go from $2,250 to $2,383.  This reflects an increase of $133 a month.

The monthly maximum SSI payments for 2022 are $841 for an eligible individual, $1,261 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $421 for an essential person.

Individual on SSI (Max Amount)$794/month$841/month
Couple on SSI (Max Amount)$1,191/month$1,261/month
Average Disabled Worker, Spouse, Children$2,250/month$2,383/month
Average Disabled Worker$1,282$1,358

What Will My New Disability Payment Be?

The most accurate way to calculate your new benefit is to take your current or old monthly payment and multiply it by 5.9%.  Next, add that amount to your current or old monthly benefit to find out exactly how much your monthly raise is.

I would be remiss not to note that Medicare premiums are going to increase as well.  The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $170.10 for 2022, an increase of $21.60 from $148.50 in 2021.

The increase of $21.60 will be taken directly from your Social Security Disability check.  To find out your actual take home pay, you should deduct $21.60 from the figure you came up with in the prior paragraph.  I direct all my clients with health care questions to Disability Planners.

2022 Social Security Disability (SSDI) Calculator

If you are not currently receiving disability benefits and would like to know exactly what your benefit would be, you should create a my Social Security account online.  From there you can verify your earnings and determine that exact amount.

If you know the amount you have earned every year for your entire career, the Administration has created a calculator that gets really close to exact.  If you would like a quick estimate of your benefit amount, please feel free to use our calculator.

SSDI Benefits Calculator

How Much Can I Expect In SSDI Payments?

You could earn up to $3,148/month in SSDI benefits.

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Browse our SSDI resource library to find clear answers and determine if you qualify for up to $3,148/month in SSD benefits.

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January 27, 2022

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.


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