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; 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

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  1. Ann F.

    I want to print the Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments 2020. In the past I have been able to pick one up at our local SS office or print it, but I am not able to print for 2020. Only 2019, which I certainly don’t need.
    Thank you.

  2. Jan S.

    What day and date will I receive my social security benefits in February 2020 my birthday is the 7th

  3. Joseph E.

    Does my SSA pension check available by the 3rd starting at the International dateline?

  4. James E.

    If I receive my Social Security check on the third of the month when will I get my January check?

  5. roy

    started out and getting my check on the 4th Wednesday of each month Medicaid in my state started making my medicare payment and then moved it to the server of the month now I make my own Medicaid payment like 6 months now and I won’t change it back to the fourth Wednesday why not?

  6. Donna P.

    When my money ssi come in January 24 27?

  7. Mikey

    Why I will not be receiving payments this month because they paid backpayments and ahead payments before due date
    Social security ADMINISTRATION sd

  8. Mikey

    I’ve got 1st backpayments December now
    January u dont get next check FOLLOWING February sd social security ADMINISTRATION branch south Dallas, tx
    It this true

  9. Linda B.

    Where do you find the 2020 payment calander, all I could find we the 2019 calander.

  10. Anne S.

    I did not receive my social security direct deposit today.

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