ALL STATE DATA UPDATED FOR 2020!

Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Oklahoma – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.

Why is State-by-State Information Important?

Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Oklahoma social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.

Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.

Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.

While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.

You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Oklahoma below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Oklahoma – What You Need To Know

There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Oklahoma compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.

Initial Application (L1)Reconsideration (L2)Hearing (L3)
Oklahoma32.4%11.5%60.0%
National Average35.1%12.5%54.3%
State Difference:-2.7%-1.1%5.7%

As the table shows, Oklahoma is well below average at the Initial Application and Hearing levels. They do however make it up at the Hearing level by being above by 5.7% percentage points.

Oklahmoa Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
Oklahoma32.4%31.0%29.6%29.5%30.0%32.9%30.7%32.5%32.9%29.2%34.7%
National Average39.7%37.9%35.6%34.7%33.7%33.1%32.8%33.0%33.4%33.2%35.1%
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As the table and the below chart show, Oklahoma has been at or below the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2020, Oklahoma ranked 49th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have declined in Oklahoma over the last few years, they still do not meet the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI initial applications in Oklahoma and compares them to the national averages.

Oklahoma Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
Oklahoma11.5%11.1%10.5%11.5%10.5%11.3%10.2%11.8%12.9%8.7%11.4%
National Average14.5%13.6%12.6%13.1%12.8%11.8%11.0%11.4%11.9%11.4%12.5%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Oklahoma has at one time been above, but now are consistently below the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2020, Oklahoma ranked 42nd in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI reconsideration requests in Oklahoma and compares them to the national averages.

Oklahoma Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate20202019201820172016201520142013201220112010
Oklahoma60.0%58.8%58.0%57.9%56.0%52.4%52.1%54.7%52.4%58.8%65.4%
National Average54.3%52.9%53.9%56.8%54.7%53.4%53.7%55.5%57.7%62.5%67.2%
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As the table and the below chart indicate, Oklahoma has improved where the state performs better than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2020, Oklahoma ranked 4th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
This graph shows the current & historical approval rates for SSDI hearings in Oklahoma and compares them to the national averages.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Oklahoma are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Oklahoma may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.

Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.

Oklahoma SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Oklahoma is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 6,” which is headquartered in Dallas. There are 3 hearing offices in Oklahoma. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Oklahoma and National Averages.

The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.

The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.

The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.

Hearing Wait Time (Months)Average Disposition Time (Days)Average Approval Rate (2020)
National Average11.840454.3%
Oklahoma Average11.739650.9%
MCALESTER14.647033.9%
OKLAHOMA CITY10.036554.3%
TULSA10.435451.4%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2020, all but the Mcalester office has below the national average wait times. The approval rates as a whole is lower than the national average, but the Oklahoma office is the same to the national average.

These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.

This graph shows the current approval and wait times for SSDI hearings for Social Security offices in Oklahoma and compares them to the national averages.


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Hearing Offices in Oklahoma & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Oklahoma. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.

Hearing Office Region 6 McAlester SSA, OHO
524 South 2nd Street McAlester, Oklahoma 74501
(877) 748-9767 • (918) 423-7612 • (877) 559-1920
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OKLAHOMA: McAlester

Hearing Office Region 6 Oklahoma City SSA, OHO
Suite 300 301 NW 6th Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102
(866) 701-8094 • (405) 231-5142 • (877) 559-1929
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OKLAHOMA: Ada, Ardmore, Chickasha, Clinton, Enid, Lawton, Moore, Oklahoma City, Shawnee
TEXAS: Amarillo, Pampa, Wichita Falls

Hearing Office Region 6 Tulsa SSA, OHO
Eastgate Metroplex, Suite 500 14002 E. 21st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74134
(888) 286-1124 • (918) 439-1974 • (877) 904-5480
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OKLAHOMA: Bartlesville, Miami, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Poteau, Stillwater, Tulsa

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Oklahoma

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
OKLACITY OK12301 N. KELLEY AVEOKLAHOMA CITYOK(866) 331-2207
TULSA OK4750 S GARNETT RDTULSAOK(866) 931-7106
CHICKASHA OK506 W UTAH AVECHICKASHAOK(877) 622-9096
ARDMORE OK321 HOLIDAY DRIVEARDMOREOK(888) 619-4774
MUSKOGEE OK2401 W. SHAWNEE STREETMUSKOGEEOK(877) 575-5195
ENID OK2202 N VAN BUREN STENIDOK(877) 405-0436
LAWTON OK1610 SW LEE BLVDLAWTONOK(866) 931-2732
MIAMI OK2108 DENVER HARNAR DRMIAMIOK(888) 878-0013
MOORE OK200 NE 27TH STMOOREOK(866) 964-4260
MCALESTER OK902 S GEORGE NIGHMCALESTEROK(877) 893-4665
BARTLESVILLE OK900 LEISURE LNBARTLESVILLEOK(877) 836-1557
SHAWNEE OK909 E FEDERAL STSHAWNEEOK(877) 897-0604
ADA OK921 LONNIE ABBOTT BLVDADAOK(888) 810-1940
CLINTON OK410 OPAL AVECLINTONOK(877) 405-9345
STILLWATER OK406 E HALL OF FAME AVESTILLWATEROK(888) 366-6143
DURANT OK121 S 12TH AVEDURANTOK(866) 495-0042
POTEAU OK1306 TARBY RDPOTEAUOK(877) 405-7697
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2020.

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About Citizens Disability, LLC:

Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.