December 1973 Eligibility Requirements

Substantial Gainful Activity

To be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, a claimant must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment. The amount of monthly earnings that generally demonstrate engagement in SGA is determined by Social Security Administration and changes annually. The Medical Review Team (MRT) uses Social Security’s methodology on SGA for determining disability. Refer to Income Maintenance Manual Sections 1060.005.10, Submitting Information on New Applicants to MRT, and 1060.005.15, Submitting Information on Cases Previously Reviewed by MRT, for additional information.

Use the following chart showing SGA when determining whether or not medical records must be submitted to MRT along with the Social Information Summary (IM-61):

Amount of Earnings that Demonstrates Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for Non-Blind Individuals Effective Year: Amount of Earnings that Demonstrates Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for Blind Individuals
$860/month 2006 $1,450/month
$900/month 2007 $1,500/month
$980/month 2008 $1,570/month
$980/month 2009 $1,640/month
$1,000/month 2010 $1,640/month
$1,010/month 2012 $1,690/month
$1,040/month 2013 $1,740/month
$1,070/month 2014 $1,800/month
$1,090/month 2015 $1,820/month
$1,130/month 2016 $1,820/month
$1,170/month 2017 $1,950/month
$1,180/month 2018 $1,970/month
$1,220/month 2019 $2,040/month
$1,260/month 2020 $2,110/month
$1,310/month 2021 $2,190/month