Can I work and receive Social Security Disability benefits?

Special rules allow you to work temporarily without losing your monthly Social Security disability benefits. For example, Social Security’s trial work period allows you to test your ability to work for at least nine months without losing benefits. As long as you remain disabled, you can get full Social Security disability benefits during those nine months no matter how much you earn.

After your nine-month trial work period, Social Security still provides a safety net that allows you to work another three years risk free. During those three years, you can work and still receive benefits for any month in which your earnings do not exceed these limits:

  • $1,690 for blind individuals; or
  • $1,010 a month if you are not blind.