Published by Michael W. Grochowski, Social Security Regional Commissioner in Atlanta.

Beginning in 2013, a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) was applied to all Social Security disability and SSI disability payments. The average monthly Social Security benefit for a disabled worker in 2013 is $1,132 (up from $1,113 in 2012). For people who receive SSI disability, the maximum federal payment amount has risen to $710 (up from $698).

Other 2013 Social Security Changes

Maximum Taxable Earnings:

Social Security (OASDI only): $113,700.
Medicare (HI only): No limit.

Quarter of Coverage: Earnings needed to earn one Social Security Credit – $1,160.

Social Security Disability Thresholds:

Substantial Gainful Activity: $1,010/mo.
SSI Resources Limits: Individual: $2,000. Couple: $3,000.