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How Much Does Social Security Disability Pay in Georgia?

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Jackie Jakab, Disability Attorney
Jackie Jakab
Lead Attorney
March 13, 2024  ·  2 min read
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If you live in Georgia and cannot work because of an injury or illness, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration’s latest data, more than 200,000 Georgians receive disability benefits.

Getting a monthly check from the SSA can be life-changing. Read on to learn how much you can receive with disability payments in Georgia.

How much are disability benefits in Georgia?

The amount of disability benefits you can receive monthly in Georgia depends on the disability program you qualify for. The SSA administers two federal disability programs: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Both programs offer benefits payments and healthcare coverage, but the qualifications and payment amounts differ. In 2024, the maximum amount you can receive for SSDI is $3,822 per month, and $943 per month for SSI.

Average and maximum disability benefits in Georgia

Georgia disability pay chart

The payment amount you can receive for disability benefits in Georgia depends on the program you qualify for. Your earnings history, income, and assets help determine your exact payment amount.

Benefits Program

Average Payment Amount in GA

Maximum Payment Amount

Supplemental Security Income

$597.72 per month

$943 per month

Social Security Disability Insurance

$1,702.77 per month

$3,822 per month

How is Social Security Disability Insurance calculated in Georgia?

The SSA uses a formula to calculate your monthly payment amounts. In brief, the amount of money you pay into Social Security taxes during your working years determines how much you can receive in benefits.

First, the SSA calculates your Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME) from your highest-earning years and adjusts this number for inflation. The SSA uses your AIME to determine your Primary Insurance Amount (PIA), separated into three segments. This step is where the math gets confusing — check out our complete guide on how the SSA calculates your monthly SSDI check

The easiest way to verify your eligibility and determine your estimated SSDI benefits amount is to create an SSA account on SSA.gov.

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How is Supplemental Security Income calculated in Georgia?

The Social Security Administration calculates monthly SSI payments based on an individual’s need rather than their earnings history. The SSA will subtract your countable income — like cash and public benefits — from a federal benefit rate. 

The federal benefit rate is $943 in 2024. If your countable income is less than the federal benefit rate, you can receive $943 monthly in SSI benefits. Check out this article for more information on how the SSA calculates SSI payments.

How much does a disability lawyer cost in Georgia?

There are no upfront costs to working with a disability lawyer on your disability benefits application. Disability attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning you only pay them if the SSA approves your claim and you win benefits. You pay your lawyer 25% of your first benefits check, and the SSA caps this fee at $7,200.

You are three times more likely to win benefits with a lawyer. A disability lawyer can help gather your medical records, complete the application paperwork, file for an appeal, and even represent you at a disability hearing. Call Atticus today for advice about your claim, and connect with a lawyer if you’d like — there are no upfront costs.

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SSA offices in Georgia

There are 33 SSA offices throughout the state of Georgia, from Athens to Winder. Click below to find the office nearest you:


1522 W 3Rd Ave

Albany, GA 31707

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (877) 319-0733

Fax Number: (833) 950-2562


1650 Prince Ave

Athens, GA 30606

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (866) 964-3294

Fax Number: (833) 950-2566


3800 Camp Creek Pkwy Bldg 2400 Ste 122

Atlanta, GA 30331

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (877) 828-1694

Fax Number: (833) 913-2075


401 W Peachtree St Nw Ste 2860 Flr 28

Atlanta, GA 30308

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (866) 931-9946

Fax Number: (833) 950-2558


115 Robert C Daniel Jr Pkwy

Augusta, GA 30909

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (877) 616-2523

Fax Number: (833) 950-2570


134 Juniper Ct

Brunswick, GA 31520

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (866) 964-6563

Fax Number: (833) 950-2866


7263 North Lake Dr

Columbus, GA 31909

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (877) 784-3688

Fax Number: (833) 950-2568


510 E 15Th Ave

Cordele, GA 31015

Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Phone Number: (888) 225-8869

Fax Number: (833) 597-0062

See all SSA offices in Georgia

Disability lawyers in Georgia

Here are a few Atticus firms in Georgia:

Matthew T. Berry & Associates, LLC

2751 Buford Hwy NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, Georgia 30324

Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson, L.L.P.

577 Mulberry St., Suite 600, Macon, Georgia 31201

Rogers, Hofrichter & Karrh, LLC

225 Glynn St. S, Suite 1, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214

Frequently Asked Questions about Disability Benefits in Georgia

What qualifies you for disability in Georgia?

To qualify for disability, you must have a condition preventing you from working for at least a year. You’ll also need to meet specific work history requirements (for SSDI) or be within certain income limits (for SSI). For more on these requirements, read our full write-up here.

What conditions qualify for disability in Georgia?

Any condition preventing you from working for a year or more can qualify for disability benefits. Some of the most common conditions include musculoskeletal disorders, mental disorders, nervous system diseases, and circulatory system diseases. See our full list of conditions that qualify here.

How long does it take to get approved for disability in Georgia?

It takes an average of 7 months to get an initial disability decision in Georgia. Most people who apply are initially rejected and need to appeal this decision. If you appeal and go to a hearing, the process can take nearly two years. Read more: How Long Does it Take to Get Approved for Disability benefits?

How much does disability pay in Georgia?

In 2024, the average SSDI payment in Georgia is $1,702.77 per month. The average SSI payment is $597.72. What you’ll earn depends on your income or the amount you’ve historically paid into the Social Security program. Read more on what amount you can expect.

How should I prepare my disability application in Georgia?

Answer the application questions truthfully, consistently, and succinctly. You should also gather and submit all your medical records with your application. The SSA paperwork can be complicated, so our legal team has written a full guide to the application here.

Is it easy to get disability in Georgia?

Getting disability benefits in Georgia is a complex, often long process. A few things can make it easier: Being over 50, having a particularly severe condition (on the SSA’s “compassionate allowance list”), or working with a disability lawyer. Read more: 5 signs that you’ll be approved for disability benefits.

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Jackie Jakab, Disability Attorney

Jackie Jakab

Lead Attorney

Jackie Jakab is Atticus’s Legal Director. She’s a licensed attorney, a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, and has counseled thousands of people seeking disability benefits.
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