Substantial gainful activity amounts
SGA for the Blind—applies to Social Security benefits, but does not apply to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
The formula for determining the SGA amount for the blind is set by law and is applicable only if a cost-of-living increase becomes effective for December of the year in which a determination of the SGA amount would ordinarily be made. Because there is a cost-of-living increase for December 2022, the formula can be applied.
According to the formula, the monthly SGA amount for statutorily blind individuals for 2023 is such SGA amount for 1994 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2021 to that for 1992, or, if larger, such SGA amount for 2022 ($2,260). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the nearest multiple of $10.
SGA for the Non-Blind Disabled—applies to Social Security and SSI benefits
The method used to adjust the SGA for non-blind individuals is similar to that used for blind individuals and was published in the Federal Register (FR 65 82905) on December 29, 2000. The monthly SGA amount for non-blind disabled individuals for 2023 is such SGA amount for 2000 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2021 to that for 1998, or, if larger such SGA amount for 2022 ($1,350). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the nearest multiple of $10.