Social Security

When Will the Subsequent Payment Arrive?

The Social Security Administration’s issuance of December payments has already begun, and there are still three batches scheduled for this month. If you have questions about the specific week you’ll get your check, we’re here to help you find out.

After you get this payment, keep in mind that your next check will experience a 3.2% increase due to a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting in January 2024.

Read on to learn the estimated date of your Social Security payment and how it is determined. We also provide information on the maximum amount of Social Security money you can get each month. If you are a Social Security Disability beneficiary, we also provide you with the corresponding payment schedule.

When will I get my December Social Security payment?

Here is the December schedule for your estimated date of receipt of your Social Security check and/or Social Security funds:

Social security payment in December 2024
  • December 1: Social Security payments for those who have been getting Social Security since before May 1997. Payments are also made for SSI recipients.
  • December 13: Social Security payments for people who celebrate their birthday between the 1st and 10th of any month.
  • December 20: Social Security payments for those celebrating birthdays between the 11th and 20th of any month.
  • December 27: Social Security payments for those who celebrate their birthday between the 21st and 31st of any month.

How is my Social Security payment date established?

The Social Security Administration generally makes payments on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, determined by the beneficiary’s date of birth.

If your birthday is between the 1st and 10th of the month, you will get your payment on the second Wednesday of the month.
If your birthday is between the 11th and 20th of the month, payment will be made on the third Wednesday of the month.
If your birthday is between the 21st and 31st of the month, your payment will be sent on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Payments for Social Security beneficiaries are generally made on the first day of each month, with some exceptions as detailed below.

What if I am getting both Social Security and SSI benefits?

If you are getting Social Security benefits before May 1997 or if you are a recipient of both Social Security and SSI, the payment schedule differs. Instead of getting payments on a Wednesday, you will get your Social Security payment on the third day of each month and your SSI payment on the first day of each month.

However, these payment dates change if the first or third day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday. For example, in the current year, with October 1 falling on a Sunday, SSI recipients got their October payments a few days earlier, on September 29, while Social Security recipients got their payments on October 3. This same adjustment will occur with January 2024 payments.

What happens if my payment does not arrive on the scheduled date?

If your payment is not received by the due date, it is recommended that you wait an additional three days before contacting the Social Security Administration. You can then speak to a representative by calling 800-772-1213. The SSA indicates that wait times are shortest Wednesday through Friday and between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays.

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