Substantial gainful activity
Earnings trigger a trial work period
During a trial work period, a beneficiary receiving Social Security disability
benefits may test his or her ability to work and still be considered disabled.
We do not consider services performed during the trial work period as showing
that the disability has ended until services have been performed in at least 9
months (not necessarily consecutive) in a rolling 60-month period. In 2017,
any month in which earnings exceed $840 is considered a month of
services for an individual's trial work period. In 2018, this monthly amount
increases to $850.
For more information, please see section 404.1592 of the
Code of Federal Regulations.
Monthly earnings that trigger a trial work period
|1978 & prior||$50|
Method used to determine earnings that trigger a trial work period
Monthly earnings in 2018, used to determine whether
a month is part of a trial work period, is such
amount for 2001 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index
for 2016 to that for 1999, or, if larger, such amount
for 2017 ($840). If the amount
so calculated is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the nearest multiple
of $10. Below are details on how we determined the latest amount.
|2001 monthly earnings||$530|
|1999 average wage index||30,469.84|
|2016 average wage index||48,664.73|
|Computation||$530 times 48,664.73 divided
by 30,469.84 equals $846.49, which rounds to $850|
|Higher amount||$850 exceeds the amount for
2017, so the amount for 2018 is $850|