Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2015

Beneficiaries Who Have Filed for Workers' Compensation or Public Disability Benefits

Notes

In December 2015, approximately 509,000 disabled workers on the Social Security Disability Insurance program had filed for workers' compensation or public disability benefits. Disability payments from private sources, such as private pension or insurance benefits, do not affect Social Security disability benefits, but workers' compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce them. Workers' compensation is paid to a worker because of a job-related injury or illness. It may be paid by federal or state workers' compensation agencies or employers or by insurance companies on behalf of employers.

Other public disability benefits that may affect Social Security disability benefits are those paid by a federal, state, or local government for disabling medical conditions that are not job related. Examples are civil service disability benefits, military disability benefits, state temporary disability benefits, and state or local government retirement benefits that are based on disability. Persons who receive Social Security disability benefits and one of the following types of public benefits will not have their Social Security disability benefit reduced:

  • Veterans Administration benefits;
  • State and local government benefits, if Social Security taxes were deducted from earnings; or
  • Supplemental Security Income.

The total amount received from workers' compensation or other public disability benefits and Social Security disability benefits cannot exceed 80 percent of the worker's average current earnings before he or she became disabled. The monthly Social Security disability benefit includes benefits payable to family members. If the total amount of these benefits exceeds 80 percent of average current earnings, the excess amount is deducted from the Social Security benefit. The benefit will be reduced until the month the worker reaches age 65 or the month the other benefits stop, whichever comes first.

Example

Before becoming disabled, the worker's average current earnings were $4,000 a month. The disabled worker, his or her spouse, and their two children would be eligible to receive a total of $2,200 a month in Social Security disability benefits. However, the disabled worker also receives $2,000 a month from workers' compensation. Because the total amount of benefits received ($4,200) is more than $3,200 (80 percent of average current earnings), the family's Social Security disability benefits will be reduced by $1,000.

Chart 7. Distribution of workers, by diagnostic group and sex, December 2015

Among disabled workers who are also receiving workers' compensation or public disability benefits, a disease of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue was the primary diagnosis in December 2015. Mental disorders were the second leading disabling condition. A disorder of the nervous system and sense organs was the third most common disability for women. Injuries were the third most common disability for men. All other impairments were fairly evenly split between men and women.

Bar chart linked to data in table format.
SOURCE: Table 34.
Table 31. Distribution of workers and dependents who have filed, by reason for having or not having an offset, December 2015
Reason Total Workers Spouses and children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All disabled beneficiaries and dependents 621,356 100.0 508,700 100.0 112,656 100.0
  With offset
Receipt of—  
Workers' compensation only  
Black Lung 454 0.1 324 0.1 130 0.1
Harbor Workers and Longshoremen 510 0.1 378 0.1 132 0.1
Federal employees 3,462 0.6 2,833 0.6 629 0.6
State 91,550 14.7 67,599 13.3 23,951 21.3
Public disability only  
Federal 1,045 0.2 932 0.2 113 0.1
State 7,838 1.3 6,753 1.3 1,085 1.0
Local 458 0.1 349 0.1 109 0.1
Workers' compensation and public disability 476 0.1 403 0.1 73 0.1
Social Security Disability Insurance (reverse offset) 50,356 8.1 41,408 8.1 8,948 7.9
  Without offset
High average current earnings 387,120 62.3 322,533 63.4 64,587 57.3
Entitlement to workers' compensation or public disability benefits is pending 78,087 12.6 65,188 12.8 12,899 11.4
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.
Table 32. Distribution of workers and dependents who have filed, by state or other area of residence, December 2015
State or area Total Workers Spouses and children
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All areas 621,356 100.0 508,700 100.0 112,656 100.0
Alabama 11,372 1.8 8,983 1.8 2,389 2.1
Alaska 422 0.1 363 0.1 59 0.1
Arizona 7,583 1.2 6,348 1.2 1,235 1.1
Arkansas 5,394 0.9 4,296 0.8 1,098 1.0
California 80,790 13.0 69,526 13.7 11,264 10.0
Colorado 7,289 1.2 6,129 1.2 1,160 1.0
Connecticut 5,317 0.9 4,344 0.9 973 0.9
Delaware 1,674 0.3 1,408 0.3 266 0.2
District of Columbia 303 (L) 266 0.1 37 (L)
Florida 32,297 5.2 26,766 5.3 5,531 4.9
Georgia 21,569 3.5 17,542 3.4 4,027 3.6
Hawaii 1,548 0.2 1,280 0.3 268 0.2
Idaho 2,135 0.3 1,729 0.3 406 0.4
Illinois 17,301 2.8 13,861 2.7 3,440 3.1
Indiana 4,550 0.7 3,637 0.7 913 0.8
Iowa 4,481 0.7 3,666 0.7 815 0.7
Kansas 3,284 0.5 2,693 0.5 591 0.5
Kentucky 15,932 2.6 12,767 2.5 3,165 2.8
Louisiana 9,246 1.5 7,224 1.4 2,022 1.8
Maine 5,341 0.9 4,460 0.9 881 0.8
Maryland 4,489 0.7 3,782 0.7 707 0.6
Massachusetts 16,346 2.6 12,965 2.5 3,381 3.0
Michigan 32,694 5.3 26,431 5.2 6,263 5.6
Minnesota 7,618 1.2 6,380 1.3 1,238 1.1
Mississippi 6,162 1.0 4,836 1.0 1,326 1.2
Missouri 10,744 1.7 8,880 1.7 1,864 1.7
Montana 2,125 0.3 1,810 0.4 315 0.3
Nebraska 1,813 0.3 1,461 0.3 352 0.3
Nevada 3,505 0.6 3,016 0.6 489 0.4
New Hampshire 3,898 0.6 3,109 0.6 789 0.7
New Jersey 15,016 2.4 11,888 2.3 3,128 2.8
New Mexico 3,355 0.5 2,800 0.6 555 0.5
New York 78,775 12.7 63,180 12.4 15,595 13.8
North Carolina 22,383 3.6 18,363 3.6 4,020 3.6
North Dakota 699 0.1 573 0.1 126 0.1
Ohio 14,329 2.3 12,155 2.4 2,174 1.9
Oklahoma 6,522 1.0 5,469 1.1 1,053 0.9
Oregon 6,061 1.0 5,115 1.0 946 0.8
Pennsylvania 38,008 6.1 30,557 6.0 7,451 6.6
Rhode Island 2,863 0.5 2,353 0.5 510 0.5
South Carolina 14,018 2.3 11,321 2.2 2,697 2.4
South Dakota 879 0.1 721 0.1 158 0.1
Tennessee 14,096 2.3 11,364 2.2 2,732 2.4
Texas 11,526 1.9 9,246 1.8 2,280 2.0
Utah 1,658 0.3 1,298 0.3 360 0.3
Vermont 1,058 0.2 868 0.2 190 0.2
Virginia 10,134 1.6 8,231 1.6 1,903 1.7
Washington 12,034 1.9 10,159 2.0 1,875 1.7
West Virginia 5,682 0.9 4,548 0.9 1,134 1.0
Wisconsin 7,304 1.2 5,929 1.2 1,375 1.2
Wyoming 513 0.1 409 0.1 104 0.1
Outlying areas  
Puerto Rico 25,977 4.2 21,280 4.2 4,697 4.2
Other a 129 (L) 91 (L) 38 (L)
Foreign countries 1,115 0.2 824 0.2 291 0.3
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Distribution is by state or other area of residence, not by the state paying benefits.
(L) = less than 0.05 percent.
a. Includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Table 33. Distribution of workers who have filed, by diagnostic group and age, December 2015
Diagnostic group Total, all ages Under 35 35–39 40–44 45–49 50–54 55–59 60–64
  Number
Total 508,700 4,675 9,422 20,794 44,274 93,830 157,955 177,750
Congenital anomalies 230 3 11 12 23 49 61 71
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 7,915 51 84 235 579 1,368 2,426 3,172
Infectious and parasitic diseases 3,124 22 62 107 298 689 910 1,036
Injuries 33,265 656 969 1,759 3,286 6,132 9,657 10,806
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders 45 8 4 5 6 9 9 4
Developmental disorders 93 (X) (X) 5 13 30 17 23
Childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified 73 6 3 6 7 17 14 20
Intellectual disability 4,163 71 95 188 535 916 1,193 1,165
Mood disorders 47,491 550 1,070 2,398 5,060 9,533 13,650 15,230
Organic mental disorders 10,882 222 364 652 1,213 2,128 2,999 3,304
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 5,767 165 208 349 712 1,180 1,621 1,532
Other 10,852 315 407 722 1,335 2,315 2,837 2,921
Neoplasms 5,626 114 142 257 467 970 1,677 1,999
Diseases of the—  
Blood and blood-forming organs 339 13 13 22 36 58 95 102
Circulatory system 15,325 88 156 372 905 2,306 4,713 6,785
Digestive system 2,803 39 57 120 209 524 811 1,043
Genitourinary system 2,630 98 98 175 329 558 685 687
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 316,149 1,709 4,743 11,474 25,404 57,271 102,187 113,361
Nervous system and sense organs 27,971 439 719 1,403 2,795 5,366 8,130 9,119
Respiratory system 6,750 23 61 166 363 1,043 2,246 2,848
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 523 9 13 30 53 106 150 162
Other 485 4 11 19 52 82 151 166
Unknown 6,199 (X) (X) 318 594 1,180 1,716 2,194
  Percent
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Congenital anomalies (L) 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 (L) (L)
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 1.6 1.1 0.9 1.1 1.3 1.5 1.5 1.8
Infectious and parasitic diseases 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6
Injuries 6.5 14.0 10.3 8.5 7.4 6.5 6.1 6.1
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders (L) 0.2 (L) (L) (L) (L) (L) (L)
Developmental disorders (L) (X) (X) (L) (L) (L) (L) (L)
Childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified (L) 0.1 (L) (L) (L) (L) (L) (L)
Intellectual disability 0.8 1.5 1.0 0.9 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.7
Mood disorders 9.3 11.8 11.4 11.5 11.4 10.2 8.6 8.6
Organic mental disorders 2.1 4.7 3.9 3.1 2.7 2.3 1.9 1.9
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 1.1 3.5 2.2 1.7 1.6 1.3 1.0 0.9
Other 2.1 6.7 4.3 3.5 3.0 2.5 1.8 1.6
Neoplasms 1.1 2.4 1.5 1.2 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.1
Diseases of the—  
Blood and blood-forming organs 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Circulatory system 3.0 1.9 1.7 1.8 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.8
Digestive system 0.6 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6
Genitourinary system 0.5 2.1 1.0 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.4 0.4
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 62.1 36.6 50.3 55.2 57.4 61.0 64.7 63.8
Nervous system and sense organs 5.5 9.4 7.6 6.7 6.3 5.7 5.1 5.1
Respiratory system 1.3 0.5 0.6 0.8 0.8 1.1 1.4 1.6
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Other 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Unknown 1.2 (X) (X) 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.1 1.2
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
NOTES: (X) = suppressed to avoid disclosing information about particular individuals; (L) = less than 0.05 percent.
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Table 34. Distribution of workers who have filed, by diagnostic group and sex, December 2015
Diagnostic group Total Men Women
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
All disabled workers 508,700 100.0 309,739 100.0 198,961 100.0
Congenital anomalies 230 (L) 117 (L) 113 0.1
Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases 7,915 1.6 4,074 1.3 3,841 1.9
Infectious and parasitic diseases 3,124 0.6 2,513 0.8 611 0.3
Injuries 33,265 6.5 24,959 8.1 8,306 4.2
Mental disorders  
Autistic disorders 45 (L) 35 (L) 10 (L)
Developmental disorders 93 (L) 59 (L) 34 (L)
Childhood and adolescent disorders not elsewhere classified 73 (L) 46 (L) 27 (L)
Intellectual disability 4,163 0.8 3,155 1.0 1,008 0.5
Mood disorders 47,491 9.3 21,873 7.1 25,618 12.9
Organic mental disorders 10,882 2.1 8,110 2.6 2,772 1.4
Schizophrenic and other psychotic disorders 5,767 1.1 3,793 1.2 1,974 1.0
Other 10,852 2.1 5,647 1.8 5,205 2.6
Neoplasms 5,626 1.1 2,991 1.0 2,635 1.3
Diseases of the—  
Blood and blood-forming organs 339 0.1 162 0.1 177 0.1
Circulatory system 15,325 3.0 11,295 3.6 4,030 2.0
Digestive system 2,803 0.6 1,754 0.6 1,049 0.5
Genitourinary system 2,630 0.5 1,787 0.6 843 0.4
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue 316,149 62.1 195,670 63.2 120,479 60.6
Nervous system and sense organs 27,971 5.5 13,928 4.5 14,043 7.1
Respiratory system 6,750 1.3 3,947 1.3 2,803 1.4
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 523 0.1 273 0.1 250 0.1
Other 485 0.1 217 0.1 268 0.1
Unknown 6,199 1.2 3,334 1.1 2,865 1.4
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Workers' Compensation and Public Disability Benefit file, 100 percent data.
NOTE: (L) = less than 0.05 percent.
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.