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

June 6, 2019 • By

Last Updated: August 19, 2021

" "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; and
  • 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; or
  • 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.

Social Security is 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

Comments

  1. Lea B.

    I think it is terrible when an individual becomes disabled at a time before retirement age, and receives a small monthly income barely able to survive, and are charged to remove money from atm machines and then purchase money orders as one has no longer a bank account! These charges add up quickly! Often there are expenses due at the first of the month as well but many of us must wait until the 3’rd for our benefits! No individual chooses to be placed in a situation of chronic disability and especially before retirement. Just my own personal views. Also my deceased spouse was born on June 1, 1953. Yet I still receive benefits in the third. To make matters worse the benefits are placed seperate on two separate cards. I also do not believe Social Security has each of his prior places of employment based on the small amount I receive. Being ill and disabled I do not have the means to research these concerns however. Thank you for your time.

  2. Lea B.

    I think it is terrible when an individual becomes disabled at a time before retirement age, and receives a small monthly income barely able to survive, and are charged to remove money from atm machines and then purchase money orders as one has no longer a bank account! These charges add up quickly! Often there are expenses due at the first of the month as well but many of us must wait until the 3’rd for our benefits! No individual chooses to be placed in a situation of chronic disability and especially before retirement. Just my own personal views.

  3. Ridley w.

    What time of day are the payments

  4. Renee k.

    When will I receive my social security in my account I usually get paid on the fourth wed of the month but this year Christmas falls on the fourth wed when will I receive my ss since the social security is closed the 24 and 25 ?

  5. Carol T.

    Hello my name is Carol Rowley and I would like to know if I’ll get my money today since the office will be close on Christmas?

  6. Diane D.

    My ss check is to be deposited in my acct on wed Dec 25. Will it come early?

  7. Patricia S.

    Will our ads check go out early for the 4th week in December

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Patricia. Thanks for your question. If your regular payment date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or federal holiday, we send your benefits the business day before your due date. For pay dates, you may find the schedule of Social Security benefit payments calendar useful. We hope this helps.

  8. Debra C.

    For the month of December, and my birth date is 30th, when can I expect my check?

  9. Kurt K.

    I am still confused and anxious about bills; will I receive my retirement benefit for December in December? Thank you

  10. Brandon

    This blog answered my question

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