Your Income and Supplemental Security Income

Under Supplemental Security Income or SSI, the term income means anything you receive that can be used to meet your needs for food, clothing or shelter.


Income is divided into two categories, earned income and unearned income. Earned income includes wages, net earnings from self-employment, and income from working in a sheltered workshop. Unearned income includes all income that is not earned such as Social Security benefits, workers or veterans compensation, pensions, annuities, rent and interest.


Your first and second monthly amounts will be based on your first month’s income. After that, your SSI amount is usually based on your income from two months before.


If you have questions about your income and Supplemental Security Income, you can call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213 or visit them online at


Phone code: 1306

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