A Better Picture of Your Path Forward with Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability benefits can be a major part of living the fullest, least stressful life possible when you can’t work because of serious health problems.

So you ask, how much are the disability payments that you get every month?

It’s different depending on which disability benefit program you’re in:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is for experienced workers who have to stop working, and Social Security calculates your disability payments based partly on how much you earned when you worked.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for people who also can’t work due to medical condi
      tions, but haven’t worked much, or in a long time, and don’t have much in savings, investments or income other than working. Social Security applies the same base amount of SSI benefits for everyone.

    Read below for an idea of how much Social Security Disability pays in dollar amounts, but remember that your check probably won’t exactly match the average.

    Also, find out about the other big benefit of disability benefits—affordable health care coverage.

    The Social Security Disability lawyers at Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal work every day to win disability benefits for people in Ohio. We’ve helped thousands of people through this process.

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    How Much Are Disability Payments in Ohio? Here Are the Numbers:

    All the people living in Ohio who received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in 2022 (over 334,000 people) collected a total of more than $445 million, according to Social Security numbers.

    That broke down to about $1,423 per month on average for individual workers in Ohio. So Ohioans in 2022 got a little less than the national average of $1,483.

    These numbers change every year. This is where the national average SSDI pay landed by 2024:


    • $1,537 per month for a worker

    SSDI maximum possible payment:

    • $3,822 per month in 2024

    Few people receive the maximum benefit for SSDI because their past incomes weren’t high enough.

    For Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the calculation starts with the same national benefit level for everyone, but it’s also rare to get the maximum amount. In most cases, some of your payment will be offset by other financial resources you receive.

    When you’re applying for SSI, it’s important to keep track of other state aid you may be getting, such as food stamps, housing support, and health care services. Those are the kinds of resources that can cause reductions in your individual SSI total.

    These were the nationwide, full payment SSI disability amounts in 2024:

    SSDI For individuals:

    • $943 per month (before offsets for other financial resources)

    SSI for a qualifying couple:

    • $1415 per month (or less when reduced because of other income sources)

    In 2022, the nearly 300,000 people who received SSI in Ohio got on average $625 per month, which was close to the national average.

    The Ohio Social Security Disability lawyers at HNB can help you apply for disability benefits and appeal a denial of benefits.

    Each person’s situation is different. But through the process of getting benefits, we can give you an idea of what to expect about how much Social Security Disability will pay in your case.

    Start with a no-cost, no-obligation conversation with our disability lawyer team.

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    What About Medical Benefits that You Get with Social Security Disability?

    For some people, what’s even more valuable than the monthly checks they get from Social Security Disability is the health care coverage.

    Maybe you’ve heard a retired person talk about how life-changing it is to get your medical needs covered by Medicare.

    For most people, you can’t get Medicare until you reach retirement age. But if you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, you can get it sooner.

    You’ll face a waiting period before your Medicare eligibility kicks in, but time that you already waited for your disability benefits to be approved counts toward that period.

    If you get SSI, you also qualify for health insurance through Medicaid. That coverage starts right away.

    When you’re living with major health problems, no one knows more than you how important it is to have access to health care.

    Monthly disability income plus Medicare or Medicaid health coverage can improve your stability, ability to enjoy life, and your health itself.

    We want to see you get there. Talk to the Ohio disability attorneys at HNB.

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