What Day of the Month Do I Get my Social Security Payment?

June 6, 2019 • By

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" "Timing is everything, and the arrival time of your monthly payment from Social Security can be key to keeping your financial house in order.

As you budget to pay your bills and save for future needs, keep in mind that your monthly retirement or disability benefit will be paid at the same time each month. To see your next payment date, create or log on to your my Social Security online account and go to the “Benefits & Payments” section.

In general, here’s how we assign payment dates:

  • If you were born on the 1st through the 10th of the month, you’ll be paid on the second Wednesday of the month.
  • If you were born on the 11th through the 20th of the month, you’ll be paid on the third Wednesday of the month.
  • If you were born after the 20th of the month, you’ll be paid on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

There are exceptions. For example, children and spouses who receive benefits based on someone else’s work record will be paid on the same day as the primary beneficiary.

For others, we may issue your payments on the 3rd of each month. Among other reasons, we do this if:

  • You filed for benefits before May 1, 1997.
  • You also receive a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment.
  • Your Medicare premiums are paid for by the state where you live.
  • You live in a foreign country.

Individuals who receive SSI payments due to disability, age, or blindness receive those payments on the 1st of each month.

If your payment date falls on a federal holiday or weekend, you can expect to receive that month’s payment on the weekday immediately prior.

You can see a current schedule for Social Security and SSI benefit payments in an easy-to-read calendar.

We’re with you through life’s journey, helping you to secure today and tomorrow through important financial benefits, information, and planning tools. To learn more, please visit our website.

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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  1. Thomas C.

    I have been getting calls from “Social Security” and if I do not dial a phone number, they are going to put me in jail.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Thomas. Keep in mind we do not usually make random calls. If anyone receives calls saying that they are from Social Security, do not give out any personal information. Suspicious calls should be reported to the Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or online. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams, here. We hope this helps.

  2. John W.

    SSA, you say I will receive my SS at the same time each month, whether most of my expenses HAVE TO BE PAID around the 1st of the month – but I receive it on the 3rd Wednesday, which varies from the 15th through 21st. Since the first is when all but three of my expenses are due, I end up with NSFs of $35 on each one which has cost me almost a third of my SS in some months. Have tried to change to a various date, but only my landlord will wait without charge to me. But I don’t qualify for a change to the 1st of the month. When I first retired, it was on the first. Then SSA went to Congress stating they wanted to change the date as we have now because people was getting beaten so thugs could get their checks. Then two years later, we had to have direct deposits – but they kept the same payment day – 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Wednesday of the month. Of course, then we got Obama and we didn’t get a increase in COLA for 10 years. The 1 “increase” we got (0.38%) actually cost me $2/month. The increase the first year of Trump of 2.0% was set by Obama and resulted in all of that increase went to pay Medicare. It is time that we get an increase that we would have received if the government had paid interest instead of stealing it. We would be getting at least double to triple what we get down.

  3. John S.

    Are you a member of the US Government Social Security Administration or a private company? Why would you ask about the timing of my SS payments each month and then proceed to ask personal info to set up my Social Security Account with you?

  4. alan t.

    I get my social security/disability checks on direct deposit, but wondering if I could also get a paper copy of my paperwork?
    Thank Yoooooooou

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Alan. Thanks for your question. If you need a benefit verification letter, you can view, print, and save your benefit verification letter by setting up a personal my Social Security account online. For questions regarding your benefit verification letter, we ask that members in our Facebook community contact our offices. You can call our toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance. Representatives are available between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will generally have a shorter wait time if you call after later in the day. We hope this helps.

  5. Mark C.

    where is the 2019 calendar?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Mark. To access the 2019 Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments Calendar, visit here. Thanks!

  6. Elizabeth M.

    I have a question please ok!! My question to you is I am a widow! What is different is I’ve been drawing dissabilty since 2008 I am 56 years old ok in August 6, 2017 my husband died he was already drawing his dissabilty and had been for several years when he died they took all of his check except for 240.00 monthly he was drawing close to 1,400 monthly when he died ok so I draw 1,089.00 a month from my record and I also get 240.00 or 245.00 a month from him so with the 2 checks 1 off my record and 1 off of his I draw close to 1,300.00 a month what I’m saying is we were both drawing our dissabilty before he died is this correct? I’m not sure on this and I would like to know please! I’m thinking that I would be able to draw more since I was already drawing my dissabilty before he died or will I draw this for so long and then when I get 60 or so will it change then and I I would draw more?? I would appreciate any input you could give me because I can’t get a straight answer from the social security office I would really appreciate any input you have please! My e-mail is and my phone number is 256-505-8216 my name is Elizabeth Miller please let me know you received my question. Thank you sincerly

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Elizabeth. Unfortunately, your question is a bit more complex than we can handle in this forum. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., for assistance. Generally, you will have a shorter wait if you call later in the day. You can also contact your local Social Security office. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. We hope this helps.

    • Bonnie

      When my husband passed 8 years ago….I recieve $15.00 a month for him. My disability I am recieving $ 1,112.00 a month. Lmfao

  7. Desiree S.

    Peace and Safety!

  8. Barry B.

    Can you change to a payment date that helps match monthly bills due?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Barry. No, you cannot change it. It is based on the birthday of the person on whose record you receive benefits. For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions. Thanks!

      • Merrilyn H.

        Rent is due on the 1St of month not the 3rd , 4th Wednesday. i am late every month.

        • Michelle J.

          That is my issue also. I cannot afford to pay a month in advance, so mortgage is always late. Bank wont change their past due date either.

  9. Susan

    Is the payment 1 month in the arrears? In other words, if I was born on the 24th of a month, I would expect to receive my payment for May on the 4th Wednesday of June, right?

    • Rosa D.

      Will my social security benefit will be change from the 2wednesday to the 3 of each month

      • Marriana h.

        Will I recieve my sis on the second wed. Each month

      • carol k.

        I did not receive my direct deposit today April 8 any reason why?

  10. Donald W.


    • Ann C.

      Thanks, Donald. Your thoughts are important to us and we’re pleased when feedback is positive. We try hard to provide the best possible service to our customers and your satisfaction is our reward.

      • Randy R.

        Hi my name is Randy Ramos I’m 38 years old I live at home with my daughter I fought in court to have custody of my daughter because the mother was in drugs and everything so anyways long story short she ended up dying overdosing off of fentanyl shooting it up in Tennessee I live here with my parents and my daughter and what I get from being disabled that they said I was going to be a vegetable for the rest of my life with all the oxygen that was messed up my brain but I’m hanging in there and the money they give me and you really hardly nothing thank God my parents are still alive

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