ENs who elect the Outcome payment system are paid only when a Ticketholder's earnings meet or exceed Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and their disability benefits have stopped due to earnings.

Outcome Payment System

Under the Outcome payment system, an Employment Network (EN) can submit a request for payment when a Ticketholder's earnings meet or exceed the amount Social Security designates annually as Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and the Ticketholder enters a suspended benefit status (i.e., is no longer eligible for a federal monthly disability check). As with the Milestone/Outcome payment system, Social Security uses two monthly SGA amounts depending on the type of disability.

In 2023, the SGA is $1,470 a month for individuals with disabilities other than blindness and $2,460 a month for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

2023 Outcome Only Payment System Rates


SSDI Rate (Title II)

SSI Rate (Title XVI)

Up to 36


Up to 60