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 Oregon – 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 Oregon 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 Oregon below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Oregon – 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 Oregon 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)
Oregon40.2%11.4%50.8%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:5.1%-1.1%-3.1%

As the table shows, Oregon is ahead at the first level, Initial Application. However, they are behind at the latter two, Reconsideration and Hearing levels.

Oregon Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Oregon40.2%36.7%36.6%35.5%36.6%35.7%34.5%35.7%37.6%
National Average35.6%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, Oregon has been regularly ahead of the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Oregon ranked 13th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in Oregon over the last few years, they still beat the national average. But at only 40%, chances of approval are less than half. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Oregon Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Oregon11.4%11.1%10.6%12.8%12.9%13.2%12.0%11.0%11.6%
National Average12.6%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, Oregon has jumped above and below the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Oregon ranked 36th 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.

Oregon Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Oregon50.8%52.1%48.7%48.4%49.9%55.8%56.5%59.6%65.0%
National Average53.9%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, Oregon has consistently performed worse than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Oregon ranked 28th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Oregon 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 Oregon 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.

Oregon SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Oregon is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 10,” which is headquartered in Seattle. There are 2 hearing offices in Oregon. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Oregon 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 (2019)
National Average15.453452.7%
Oregon Average15.353240.6%
EUGENE15.655740.4%
PORTLAND OR15.050640.7%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, the wait times are in line with the nation average at both centers. Their approval rating however is extremely low, both over 10% less than 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.


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Hearing Offices in Oregon & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Oregon. 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 10 Eugene SSA, OHO Suite 201 211 E. 7th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97401
(866) 964-7044 • (541) 465-6415 • (877) 714-3613
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OREGON: Chiloquin, Christmas Valley, I-5 Corridor from Albany to Weed, CA, Klamath Falls, La Pine, Lakeview, Madras, Medford, Oregon Coast from Depoe Bay to Gold Beach, Prineville, Redmond, Sisters

Hearing Office Region 10 Portland SSA, OHO
Suite 400 825 NE Multnomah Street
Portland, Oregon 97232-2483
(866) 964-6291 • (503) 326-3062 • (877) 714-3616
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OREGON: Astoria, Beaverton, La Grande, Portland (Downtown), Portland (East), Portland (NE), Salem, The Dalles
WASHINGTON: Longview, Vancouver

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Oregon

BEND ORSUITE 201250 NW FRANKLIN AVEBENDOR(800) 772-1213

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
BEAVERTON ORSUITE 10011975 SW 2ND STBEAVERTONOR(800) 772-1213
THE DALLES ORSUITE 110401 E 3RD STTHE DALLESOR(800) 772-1213
PORTLAND METRO OR1538 SW YAMHILL STPORTLANDOR(800) 772-1213
EUGENE OR2504 OAKMONT WAYEUGENEOR(800) 772-1213
SALEM ORSTE 1101750 MCGILCHRIST ST SESALEMOR(800) 772-1213
LA GRANDE OR2205 COVE AVELA GRANDEOR(800) 772-1213
MEDFORD ORSUITE 1013501 EXCEL DRMEDFORDOR(800) 772-1213
NORTH BEND OR3661 BROADWAYNORTH BENDOR(800) 772-1213
ROSEBURG OR1730 NW HUGHWOOD AVEROSEBURGOR(800) 772-1213
PORTLAND-EAST O17925 SE DIVISION STPORTLANDOR(800) 772-1213
OREGON CITY194 BEVERLY DRIVEOREGON CITYOR(800) 772-1213
ALBANY ORSUITE 1101390 WAVERLY DRIVE SEALBANYOR(800) 772-1213
ONTARIO OR908 SE 5TH AVENUEONTARIOOR(800) 772-1213
PENDLETON ORSUITE 1001229 SE 3RD STREETPENDLETONOR(800) 772-1213
ASTORIA OR115 W BOND STASTORIAOR(800) 772-1213
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All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.

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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.