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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

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  1. darlene

    my ssi check stopped in nov 2020 my first ss check was on dec 31st now my 2nd ss check will be feb 3rd my birthday is nov 16th so why am i getting my ss check on the 3rd every month thank you

    • Vonda

      Hi Darlene, thanks for using our blog to ask your question. Social Security is paid on the third of the month for individuals receiving both Social Security and SSI. Check out our Schedule of Social Security Payments for future payment dates.

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  4. Igor

    I haven’t received my social security (not SSI) direct deposit yet ( I supposed to receive on 12/23/2020) and today is the 30th was wondering when I will get it.

    • Vonda

      Hi Igor, thanks for using our blog. If you did not receive your Social Security or SSI benefit, please contact your bank or financial institution first. They may be able to determine if your direct deposit failed. If you still need to report a late, missing or stolen Social Security payment, call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  5. Rosalind p.

    I am just want to know what date for the month of December when direct deposit for the month of December

  6. Lauren A.

    I haven’t received my social security yet and today is the 24th was wondering when I will get it. I’m just on regular SSI, and I have tdecu last month I received it on the 24th before Thanksgiving, and I haven’t received it yet with direct deposit.

    • Jose G.

      I haven’t gotten mine yet either, so apparently they haven’t gone out

    • Kenny O.

      Hello Lauren. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are paid on the 1st of each month. We send benefits the business day before your due date when your regular payment date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal public holiday. If you did not receive your Social Security or SSI benefit, please contact your bank or financial institution first. They may be able to determine if your direct deposit failed. If you still need to report a late, missing or stolen Social Security payment, call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance, or you can contact your local Social Security office. Look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal.

      Also, see: Schedule of Social Security Benefits Payments for more information. We hope this information helps.

  7. sandymcelreath@gmail.com

    When will my Jan.3 2021 social security check go into my direct deposit acct.?

    • Holly F.

      December 31st

    • Kenny O.

      Hi Sandy, thanks for using our blog. The best way to check and maintain your benefits is in your personal my Social Security account. If you do not already have an account, you can create one. Once you are logged in to your account, select the “Benefit and Payment Details” tab. You can view and print your monthly payment amount, your payment schedule and your next payment date. If you are unable to create a my Social Security account or do not want to request it online, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office.
      Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  8. Stephen A.

    The LINK (“You can see a current schedule for Social Security and SSI benefit payments in an easy-to-read calendar.”) on this page still goes to 2019’s schedule… https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031-2019.pdf Oddly, the correct 2021 link is found buried in these Comments.

  9. Lorraine D.

    I just want to know when I get my check that comes on the 3rd each month when does it come for January 2021?

    • Sue

      Hi, Lorraine. Thanks for reading our blog and for your question. According to our online 2020 Schedule for Social Security and SSI Benefit Payments, you should receive your Jan. 3rd check on Dec. 31, 2020. Check out our 2021 Schedule for Social Security Payments for future payment dates.

      • Demetrice w.

        When do we receive Jan.3 checks of 2020

        • Douglas J.

          What day do I get my check if I get it on January 3rd

      • Wanda P.

        Thank you! You answered the question I was going to ask and gave me good news!
        Happy New Year

    • Julie M.

      Dec 31

  10. Michelle L.

    My husband finally got approved after we had to do a second appeal. We’ve called our local office to find out when we will be receiving back pay as we have Bill’s we must pay and children to take care of . How do I get a supervisor to call me to help ? We’ve already been fighting for over 10 years ! Help

    • Vonda

      Hi Michelle, thanks for using our blog. You can call your local Social Security office and ask to speak to a supervisor. Look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

      • Rosalind P.

        Hi there i will like to know what date for the month of December what date will i get my payment from ssi

        • Douglas J.

          I get my check on January 3rd what date will I get it

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