Can I pick my payment date for Social Security disability benefits?

No. You can’t choose which day of the month you will receive your Social Security disability benefits. Instead, that is a decision that will be made for you by the Social Security Administration (SSA) according to established rules.

When You Will Be Paid

Once it is determined that you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, the day on which you will be paid will be determined by your birth date. More specifically, you will be paid on:

  • The second Wednesday of the month if your birth date is between the first and tenth of the month. For example, if your birthday is December 4, 1974, you would be paid on the second Wednesday of each month.
  • The third Wednesday of the month if your birth date is between the eleventh and twentieth of the month. For example, if your birthday is February 14, 1968, you would be paid on the third Wednesday of each month.
  • The fourth Wednesday of the month if your birth date is between the twenty-first and thirty-first of the month. For example, if your birthday is July 29, 1981, you would be paid on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Each year the SSA publishes a calendar of payment dates so that you can know exactly when to expect your benefits. If the Wednesday on which you should receive payments is a holiday (such as July 4th, Christmas, or New Year’s Day), you should receive your payment on Tuesday of the same week on which you are normally paid.

What If You Don’t Receive Your Payment When You Should?

If you receive your Social Security disability benefits through direct deposit and you do not receive your benefits on the expected day, you should contact the Social Security Administration immediately. You can reach out to your local office or you can call 1-800-772-1213.

The SSA recommends waiting three mailing days beyond your payment date before contacting the SSA about a missed payment if you receive your payment by mail. However, after the three days has passed it is important to follow up with the SSA promptly so that you can get the monthly Social Security disability benefits you qualify for quickly.

If you have trouble getting the benefits you deserve, please reach out to our experienced Social Security disability lawyers directly via this website or by phone at any time.

Carl M. Weisbrod
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Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law