Social Security Disability (SSDI) Approval Rates State by State

Want to know how many people get approved or denied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in your state? Want to know whether your state is faster or slower? Want to know which hearing offices in your state have better SSDI approval rates than others? We’ve got that information for you, with charts and tables and helpful explanations.

Click your state on the map, or select from the drop-down box, to see how your state stacks up. Know before you go!

Why are State-by-State SSDI Approval Rates Different? And Why Is That Important?

Something not many people are aware of is that the Social Security Administration’s SSDI approval rates vary state-by-state.

When people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, their initial application is collected by a Social Security Administration field office in their state, and they verify the details of the application, but then they send it on. The initial application is actually reviewed and handled (almost always) by state-run offices, usually called Disability Determination Services, or “DDSs.”

These offices are funded by the SSA, and they follow the same policies as the SSA when it comes to reviewing the applications. The second part of the application process, Reconsideration, is also handled by the state-run DDS. And while these state-run offices work for the Social Security Administration and follow all the same rules and procedures, but their results can differ quite a bit.

When people go to the third part of the application process, The Hearing, in most cases, their hearing will be held in their state, too, although that will be held at an official office of the Social Security Administration, that is managed by a department within the SSA called “OHO” or the Office of Hearing Operations. The Administrative Law Judges who hear the cases all work for OHO, and again follow the same rules and procedures, but every office is different and has different wait times and SSDI approval rates.

Knowing what is likely to happen can give a person applying for SSDI benefits some comfort – forewarned is forearmed, after all. We’ve collected data from the Social Security Administration about each state and presented it here for you, so you can have a better understanding about what your case experience might be like. Remember, though, the SSDI approval rates data is usually aggregated and average, and is meant to give you a good idea about what the experience is like – but your actual experience may differ greatly from the average.


REGION 2: New York social security disability office

REGION 3: Philadelphia social security disability office

REGION 5: Chicago Social Security Disability Office

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REGION 7: Kansas City social security disability office

REGION 8: Denver social security disability office

REGION 9: San Francisco social security disability office

REGION 10: Seattle social security disability office

If you can’t work because of a chronic disease or long term injury, you may qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits!

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