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

June 6, 2019 • By

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Last Updated: November 23, 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

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  1. Shirley P.

    I was under the impression.. After you turn 70 you didn’t have to pay taxes on your social security. Is this true?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Shirley. Thanks for your question. The Federal Insurance and Self-Employment Contribution Acts (FICA and SECA) require the withholding of taxes from wages of employed people, and the net earnings of most self-employed people, for the Social Security and Medicare programs. To learn more about FICA and SECA, please visit here. We hope this helps.

  2. essam

    i am allways thankfull for your service never better

  3. Brenda C.

    I’ve been made aware, thanks

  4. Terry B.

    Thumbs down on the payment schedule!? why not pay on the date of birth. Always the same day, easier to make payments. Too much flexing between, wait a week or more longer until SS payment arrives. When I was paid once a week I paid every Friday, every two weeks I was paid on Friday, and when I got paid once a month it was on the first of the month. Make it so that we get our checks/deposits on the date of birth day.

  5. george e.

    can i change my pay date to the 1st. of the month ?

    • Ann C.

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

  6. Victor s.

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  7. John M.

    Nice blog..Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Ann C.

      Thanks, John. 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.

  8. Lillie R.

    How do you apply for suplemental benfil? Which is ss i

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Lillie. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a needs-based program that pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities, who meet the financial limits. For more information or to apply online, visit our SSI web page here. We hope this helps.

  9. Carolyn L.

    Your calendar shows 2018

  10. David R.

    The link to the Social Security payments calendar only shows the dates for last year (2018). I did not see anything for the current year.

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