When Is My Payment Due?

Everyone needs to be certain about when their Social Security and Supplemental Security checks are due to insure financial stability in their lives.

In the past,  all Social Security checks were due on the third of the month. That meant that a lot of people were banking or cashing or spending their Social Security checks on the same day each month.

Social Security decided to implement more than one payday for Social Security checks during the month. Beneficiaries receiving benefits before May 1997 or people who get both Social Security and Supplemental Security Income still receive their payments on the third of the month each month.

The rest of the Social Security beneficiaries receive payment on Wednesdays during the month based on their birthday: born 1st – 10th receive checks on the second Wednesday of the month; born 11th – 20th receive checks on the third Wednesday of the month; and those born the 21st through the 31st receive checks on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

Supplementary Security Income checks are paid on the first day of the month. When the first is a holiday, the check is issued early. The January 2018 check will be paid on 12/29/17.

If you don’t receive your payment when it is due, please allow 3 extra mail delivery days before you contact Social Security.

Here is the link for the payments calendar for 2017: www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031-2017.pdf. Here is the link for the 2018 payment calendar: www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10031.pdf. You can print the calendar or add it to your favorite list, so you will always feel confident in knowing when your payment is due.