Automatic Determinations

Cost-of-Living Adjustment

SSI Annual Report

SSI payment standards, 1975 & later

Maximum Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment amounts increase with the cost-of-living increases that apply to Social Security benefits. The latest such increase, 1.7 percent, becomes effective January 2015.

SSI amounts for 2015
The monthly maximum Federal amounts for 2015 are $733 for an eligible individual, $1,100 for an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, and $367 for an essential person.

In general, monthly amounts for the next year are determined by increasing the unrounded annual amounts for the current year by the COLA effective for January of the next year. The new unrounded amounts are then each divided by 12 and the resulting amounts are rounded down to the next lower multiple of $1.

Calculation details
Recipient Unrounded annual amounts for— Monthly amounts for 2015
20142015 a
Eligible individual $8,657.26$8,804.43$733
Eligible couple 12,984.4413,205.181,100
Essential person 4,338.554,412.31367
a The unrounded amounts for 2015 equal the unrounded amounts for 2014 increased by 1.7 percent.

Payment reduction
The monthly amount is reduced by subtracting monthly countable income. In the case of an eligible individual with an eligible spouse, the amount payable is further divided equally between the two spouses. Some States supplement SSI benefits.