Learn when you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits while you are still working and see how work earnings relate to your eligibility.
Work and Applying for Disability You usually do not have to stop working completely to apply for Social Security Disability, but if you are applying for disability while working and you keep working your usual hours, it is likely you will be denied Social Security disability because your work earnings will be too high for you to be considered disabled. There are exceptions and special rules, but in 2017 most employees earning $1,170.00 or more monthly and most blind workers earning $1,950.00 or more were not considered disabled. If you are self-employed, Social Security also looks at some additional factors. For more information about how work affects your claim when you apply for Social Security disability, please see our articles What is Disability According to Social Security Laws? and Do I Have to Be Completely Incapacitated to Get Social Security Disability?