Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are a bit like apples and oranges. Sure, they are both fruit, but they are not the same.
For one thing, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are based on you what you have paid into Social Security though payroll taxes. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits though, are for people who either have not worked long enough, or recently enough to qualify for SSDI.
Side-note: SSI benefits are sometimes the only Social Security disability benefits available for individuals (such as teachers and other school employees) who have paid into another program such as PERA.
Back to the burning question. How much can you get per month from SSI? SSI benefits are based on the Federal Benefit Rate (a government set amount for SSI benefits) listed below:
- 2016 – $733 for an individual, $1100 for a couple on SSI.
- 2015 – $733 for an individual, $1100 for a couple on SSI.
- 2014 – $721 for an individual, $1082 for a couple on SSI.
- 2013 – $710 for an individual, $1066 for a couple on SSI.
The current FBR rate is listed on the SSA COLA page.