Long-Term Care Planning and Social Security Disability Income
Size and Scope of the Social Security Disability Program
Disability benefits were paid to almost 10.0 million people. Awards to disabled workers (686,723) accounted for 87 percent of awards to all disabled beneficiaries (785,106). In December, payments to disabled beneficiaries totaled almost $11.6 billion.
The estimated average Social Security disability benefit amount for a disabled worker receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) as of Nov. 2019 is $1,237 per month. These benefits are based on average lifetime earnings, not on household income or how severe the individual's disability is.