How many hours can you work if on disability

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:57

How many hours are you allowed to work if on disability

Anonymous (not verified)
Mon, 09/11/2017 - 16:53 Permalink

How many hours a week can l work without it affecting my social security. If l make minimum wage and work 8am to 3pm

Sarah (not verified)
Tue, 09/12/2017 - 19:11 Permalink

Is child support figured into the $1070/monthly limit?


In reply to by Sarah (not verified)

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 09:01 Permalink

Hi Sarah,
You may want to contact a local SSA for more information about this, but child support may be considered unearned income and so may not contribute to the earned income limit for SSDI benefits.

Jason Bauerle (not verified)
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:50 Permalink

I get disability. How many total hours a month can a person work before they lose their disability.

Jason Bauerle (not verified)
Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:53 Permalink

I get disability. How many total hours a month can a person work before they lose their disability.


In reply to by Jason Bauerle (not verified)

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 13:16 Permalink

Hi Jason,
There are no set amount of hours someone can work, but if you receive SSDI you may be able to earn up to $840 a month without a change to your benefits.

Roy Barnes (not verified)
Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:59 Permalink

How many hours can I work if on disability?

Klei (not verified)

In reply to by Eric

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 07:43 Permalink

And what is that? The 2017 SGA Monthly limit?


In reply to by Klei (not verified)

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 09:46 Permalink

Hi There,
o be eligible for disability benefits, a person must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). A person who is earning more than a certain monthly amount (net of impairment-related work expenses) is ordinarily considered to be engaging in SGA. The amount of monthly earnings considered as SGA depends on the nature of a person's disability.

Darlene (not verified)
Mon, 09/18/2017 - 22:14 Permalink

How do I calculate the hours and the amount that I am able to make while I am on disability. is there a chart that I can go by to calculate myself.


In reply to by Darlene (not verified)

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:20 Permalink

Hi Darlene,
A person on SSDI benefits can make up to $840 a month without changes to their benefits. There is not set limit for hours worked.

Darlene (not verified)
Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:10 Permalink

If I can earn $840 while on SSD without charges will the amount of $1,070 be a charge? And how much would that be as a penalty? Also could that amount cause me to lose my benefits ?


In reply to by Darlene (not verified)

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 11:31 Permalink

Hi Darlene,
You may not be criminally charged for earning over the SSA's limit for SSDI earned income. In fact, they encourage people to return to work from SSDI benefits.

Michelle (not verified)
Tue, 09/19/2017 - 21:39 Permalink

If I am SDI with my employer- due to maternity leave, will I be able to work part time as an independent contractor else where?


In reply to by Michelle (not verified)

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:58 Permalink

Hi Michelle,
I really could not say as that would be something your employer's short term disability policy would specify. You may want to contact the company that administers that policy.

Jay (not verified)
Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:05 Permalink

I am a little confused with seeing to different amounts allowed to be made on SSDI
840 or 1170 per month I thought you were allowed to make up to 1170 per month without jeopardizing your benefits. Where does 840 play into the equation.


In reply to by Jay (not verified)

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:11 Permalink

Hi Jay,
$1,170 is the figure that the SSA calls Substantial Gainful Activity - this is the number that they use to determine if your condition is disabling enough to qualify for benefits. If you are unable to earn over this number and have a condition that qualifies, you may qualify for benefits.
$840 is the amount that you would be able to earn on SSDI without changes to your benefits. If you earn over this, then the SSA may start interpreting this as an attempt on your part to return to the work force. you can find out some more information here:

mindy jill pierce (not verified)
Sat, 09/23/2017 - 13:01 Permalink

how many hours a week or how much money per month can I get if collecting disability?

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