When Your Benefits Start

If your application is approved, your first Social Security benefit will be paid for the sixth full month after the date we find that your disability began.

For example, if your disability began on June 15, 2017, your first benefit would be paid for the month of December 2017, the sixth full month of disability.

Social Security benefits are paid in the month following the month for which they're due. This means that the benefit due for December would be paid to you in January 2018, and so on.

How Much You Will Receive

The amount of your monthly disability benefit is based on your lifetime average earnings covered by Social Security.

If you don't already have an estimate, you can get your Social Security Statement online or use our Benefit Calculators to determine how much you would get if you became disabled right now.

For more information about your benefits, refer to the following: