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 Utah – 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 Utah 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 Utah below.

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Utah- 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 Utah 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)
Utah40.1%8.8%54.0%
National Average35.1%12.5%53.9%
State Difference:4.9%-3.7%0.2%

As the table shows, Utah has a higher approval rating at the Initial Application and a slightly higher rating at the Hearing level. The Reconsideration approval rating is lower however by 3.7 percentage points.

Utah Initial Application Approval Over Time

Initial Application Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Utah40.1%36.9%37.2%35.8%37.2%36.6%38.3%40.5%40.6%
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, Utah has better approval rates compared to the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Utah ranked 15th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have stayed fairly consistent in Utah over the last few years, they still rank above the national average. That said, only 4 in 10 initial applications were approved in Utah in 2018 – not the greatest odds for success. But, if you are thinking of applying for SSDI in Utah, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.

Utah Reconsideration Approval Over Time

Reconsideration Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Utah8.8%10.5%10.0%9.9%9.7%9.7%10.5%11.5%11.8%
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, Utah has been lower than the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Utah ranked 49th 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.

Utah Hearings Approval Over Time

Hearing Approval Rate201820172016201520142013201220112010
Utah54.0%58.1%60.5%62.3%64.4%71.4%69.6%72.1%73.1%
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, although once well ahead of the national average of approval rates at the Hearing stage, Utah has been rapidly approaching the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Utah still ranked 24th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.

However, 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.


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Utah SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office

Utah is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 8,” which is headquartered in Denver. There is 1 hearing office in Utah. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Utah 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%
Utah Average16.860343.5%
SALT LAKE CITY16.860343.5%

As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, wait times are slightly longer than the national average – by about a month and a half – and approval rate is 9.2% lower.

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.

Hearing Offices in Utah & The SSA Offices They Serve

These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Utah. 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 8 Salt Lake City SSA, OHO
Suite 3102 125 South State Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84138
(877) 628-6579 • (801) 524-3348 • (877) 486-2941
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
UTAH: Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, South Jordan
WYOMING: Casper, Cheyenne, Riverton, Rock Springs

List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Utah

Office NameLocationAddressCityStatePhone Number
SALT LAKE CITY UTAHSUITE 500175 EAST 400 SOUTHSALT LAKE CITYUT(866) 851-5275
OGDEN UT2ND FL FOB324 25TH STREETOGDENUT(877) 378-9081
PROVO UTJ. WILL ROBINSON FOB88 WEST 100 NORTHPROVOUT(866) 366-9549
ST GEORGE UTSUITE 11001091 NORTH BLUFF STSAINT GEORGEUT(866) 446-7085
SOUTH JORDAN10138 S JORDAN GTWYSOUTH JORDANUT(866) 690-1947
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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.