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Why does Social Security pay on different dates?

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The date on which people receive Social Security pay depends on the type of the disability insurance they’re entitled to and, in the case of Social Security Disability Insurance, their birthdays. SSDI benefits are paid on Wednesdays, while SSI benefits typically arrive during the first day of a month.

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The only times SSI payments don’t arrive on the first day of the month are when the first day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday. In those cases, the payment arrives on the banking day before. In case of SSDI benefits, a person’s birthday determines on which Wednesday the payment arrives. People born between the first and 10th day of the month receive payments on the second Wednesday. Those born between the 11th and 20th get payments on the third Wednesday, and those born between the 21st and 31st receive payments on the fourth Wednesday.

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