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Which are the states with the highest disability benefits?

Before reaching retirement, one in four workers in the US will claim disability benefits through the SSA.

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two programs to assist people with disabilities in the United States.

Social Security disability insurance benefits (SSDI) is allocated along with the rest of the Social Security benefits for retired Americans. In April 2022 the number of disabled Americans benefitting from the program was more than 9 million. Another program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), provides support for disabled people in the United States and recorded a total of 7.6 million monthly recipients.

Which states have the largest combined payments?

The amount distributed varies by state which could relate to the cost of living in each areas and that average salaries made by those who will claim benefits. The approval rate also tends to vary widely across states, raising questions over the fairness of accessibility to the program. For example, the state with the highest approval rate is Kansas with nearly seventy percent of applicants receiving benefits, while in Oklahoma only a little over a third of do.

  • New Jersey: $1,689 per month
  • Connecticut: $1,685 per month
  • Delaware: $1,659 per month
  • New Hampshire: $1,644 per month
  • Maryland: $1,624 per month

The average disability benefit per month for 2022 for an individual on SSI benefits is $841 per month. Individuals on SSI in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Maryland may earn more than the average worker on SSI.

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What about states with the lowest payments?

Those with the lowest average benefit includes:

  • South Dakota: $1,168 per month
  • North Dakota: $1,176 per month
  • Maine: $1,179 per month
  • Nebraska: $1,182 per month
  • Vermont: $1,186 per month