How much can I get in Social Security disability benefits?

The answer depends on which type of benefits you receive.

Monthly SSDI benefits payments are based on your average lifetime “covered earnings” before your disability arose, while SSI benefits are based on the federal benefit rate, which typically changes each year due to cost-of-living increases.

According to a “monthly statistical snapshot” released by the SSA at the start of 2017, the average monthly SSDI benefit received by disabled workers in the U.S. was $1,171.15, while the average monthly SSI benefit was $542.38.

Keep in mind: If you receive SSDI benefits, you may also be eligible to receive back pay that can stretch back as far as 12 months prior to the date you applied for benefits. If you receive SSI benefits, you may receive back pay that goes back to one month after your application date.