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

Ragga (not verified)
Sun, 12/25/2016 - 23:14 Permalink

I previously asked you:What happens to your SSI or SSDI if you work seasonally say 8 months out of the year $1800/month?
You answer was:
may become ineligible for benefits, as that may indicate that you are able to work, and both benefits are only intended for people who are unable to make a living without those benefits.

My reply is: then why do they say you can work according to (Substantial Gainful Activity) guidelines?

They say that the SGA (Substantial Gainful Activity) for blind people is $1950/month for 2017. That is approx. $23,400 per year. If you work seasonal, do they take the amount of money you earned for that year and divide it by 12 to get your average Substantial Gainful Activity amount?

Thanks Bryan


In reply to by Ragga (not verified)

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 11:37 Permalink

Hi Ragga,
The SSA defines SGA by month, they do not determine it by how much you make a year. So, if you make over SGA one month, you may be ineligible for benefits.

Myra scott (not verified)
Sun, 12/25/2016 - 23:38 Permalink

How long can u work before reporting u work for ssi


In reply to by Myra scott (not verified)

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 11:22 Permalink

Hi Myra,
If you're on SSI and are working, it may be a good idea to contact the SSA regarding your work as soon as possible.

Nan (not verified)
Mon, 12/26/2016 - 12:55 Permalink

Finally rec'd my ssdi, if i could ever work a part time job in the future, in GA what is the total income amount I could make without it affecting my benefits? Just curious, ive heard so many different amounts?


In reply to by Nan (not verified)

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 11:23 Permalink

Hi Nan,
Generally, if you earn over $1170 a month in 2017, you may not be eligible for benefits.

Shelly (not verified)

In reply to by Bryan

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:44 Permalink

Does this amount include your benefits you receive, or is it the amount separate from what your benefit amt


In reply to by Shelly (not verified)

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 09:17 Permalink

Hi Shelly,

It would be your total monthly income including you disability benefits and or any additional income you make as well.


Ragga (not verified)
Tue, 12/27/2016 - 20:03 Permalink

if you are a contractor 1099/self employed and Blind how do they determine your SGA amounts?



In reply to by Ragga (not verified)

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:54 Permalink

Hi Ragga,
The SGA amounts do not change due to occupation, there are only two figures for SGA - $1,130 a month for people who are disabled but are sighted, and $1,950 for those who are considered blind by the SSA. Your SGA amounts are not determined on an individual level.

angelk (not verified)
Thu, 12/29/2016 - 07:54 Permalink

How many hours a week and how many hours in a day can I work that considers part time? I'm currently on ssdi.Also if I have a new health condition do I report to as?


In reply to by angelk (not verified)

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 14:24 Permalink

Hi there,
There is no definition of "part time" for the SSA, you just need to stay under the SSA's income limit for a trial work period, which is $840 a month.

Raju (not verified)
Wed, 01/11/2017 - 13:16 Permalink

I have small business and I am getting long term disability through work now they want me apply for cop benifit .cpp benifit effect my business income but I am not working in that business Iam owner and I never work for business.


In reply to by Raju (not verified)

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 10:15 Permalink

HI Raju,
I'm not familiar with the CPP benefit, you may want to contact your local SSA office regarding this for more information.

Andre (not verified)
Thu, 01/12/2017 - 20:59 Permalink

Yes if i receive ssi benefits for 766.25,then I start working earning under 733.00 a month, let's say 732.00 a month will I keep the whole 1498.25 a month.


In reply to by Andre (not verified)

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:19 Permalink

Hi Andre,
You may not keep the whole of your benefits, the SSA reduces benefits one dollar for every two earned, so if you earn up to $733 a month you may have a reduction of up to $ 367 in your benefit check.

hattie harmon (not verified)
Tue, 01/17/2017 - 22:06 Permalink

I need extra money to pay bills and i want to work4 hour a day


In reply to by hattie harmon (not verified)

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:45 Permalink

Hi Hattie,

I am sorry to hear that, however I am going to need some more information from you so I know exactly how I can help you.

Best Wishes,

Sandra Turner (not verified)

In reply to by Eric

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:42 Permalink

Hi I am in the same boat is Hattie my income is $771.00 a month and my rent is $600.00 plus I get back time child support $100.00 a month my total of income is $871.00! I have 2 bills over $940.00 a month! My kids been helping but they trying to live they on life's can u please help me?

Carol (not verified)
Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:14 Permalink

How many hrs can i work a week so that i dont lose any of my ssi benefits of 733?

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