How will working wages affect my SSI?
  • Social Security does not count the first $20 of unearned income each month.
  • Social Security does not count the first $65 of earned income. 

Only half of any amount over $65 will count against your SSI benefit.

Example: If you make $865 in August, Social Security will subtract $65, which leaves $800. Social Security then divides $800 by 2, which is $400. As a result, Social Security will subtract $400 from your SSI benefit on the 1st of October. Working wages + new SSI check = higher income.

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1. Will I lose my cash benefit if I go to work?
2. How much money can I earn and still keep my cash benefit?
3. How will working wages affect my SSI?
4. Are you paying any out of pocket expenses related to your disability that you are not reimbursed for?
5. Are you receiving SSI, under the age of 22, and attending school full time?
6. What if I stop working?
7. How do I report my earnings to Social Security?