# The Effects of Wage Indexing on Social Security Disability Benefits

by L. Scott Muller

Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 68, No. 3, 2008

Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 68, No. 3, 2008

# Appendix A

Chart A-1.

Fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

Fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: AIME = average indexed monthly earnings.

Chart A-2.

Tenth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

Tenth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: AIME = average indexed monthly earnings.

Chart A-3.

Twenty-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

Twenty-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: AIME = average indexed monthly earnings.

Chart A-4.

Fiftieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

Fiftieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: AIME = average indexed monthly earnings.

Chart A-5.

Seventy-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

Seventy-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: AIME = average indexed monthly earnings.

Chart A-6.

Ninetieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

Ninetieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: AIME = average indexed monthly earnings.

Chart A-7.

Ninety-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

Ninety-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on lifetime earnings (AIME), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 8)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: AIME = average indexed monthly earnings.

Chart A-8.

Fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-9.

Tenth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Tenth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-10.

Twenty-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Twenty-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-11.

Fiftieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Fiftieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-12.

Seventy-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Seventy-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-13.

Ninetieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Ninetieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-14.

Ninety-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Ninety-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-15.

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals under age 30, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals under age 30, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-16.

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 30–39, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 30–39, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-17.

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 40–44, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 40–44, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-18.

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 45–49, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 45–49, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-19.

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 50–54, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 50–54, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-20.

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 55–59, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 55–59, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-21.

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 60–61, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

Hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last year of nonzero earnings (indexed to CPI) for individuals aged 60–61, by replacement rate percentile, 1979–2004 (see Chart 9)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-22.

Fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

Fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-23.

Tenth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

Tenth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-24.

Twenty-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

Twenty-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-25.

Fiftieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

Fiftieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-26.

Seventy-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

Seventy-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-27.

Ninetieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

Ninetieth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.

Chart A-28.

Ninety-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

Ninety-fifth percentile hypothetical replacement rates for disability-insured workers based on last 3 years' average earnings (indexed to CPI), by age group, 1979–2004 (see Chart 10)

SOURCE: Author's calculations using Continuous Work History Sample data.

NOTE: CPI = Consumer Price Index.