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Trial Work Period

Earnings trigger a trial work period
During a trial work period, a beneficiary receiving Social Security disability benefits may test his or her ability to work and still be considered disabled. We do not consider services performed during the trial work period as showing that the disability has ended until services have been performed in at least 9 months (not necessarily consecutive) in a rolling 60-month period. In 2020, any month in which earnings exceed $910 is considered a month of services for an individual’s trial work period. In 2021, this monthly amount increases to $940.

Monthly earnings that trigger a trial work period

Year Monthly earnings
1978 & prior $50
1979-1989 75
1990-2000 200
2001 530
2002 560
2003 570
2004 580
2005 590
2006 620
2007 640
2008 670
2009 700
2010 720
2011 720
2012 720
2013 750
2014 770
2015 780
2016 810
2017 840
2018 850
2019 880
2020 910
2021 940

Method used to determine earnings that trigger a trial work period
Monthly earnings in 2021, used to determine whether a month is part of a trial work period, is such amount for 2001 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for 2019 to that for 1999, or, if larger, such amount for 2020 ($910). If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the nearest multiple of $10. Below are details on how we determined the latest amount.

Cost of Living Adjustment

How much money you have to make to be in the top 1% in different countries around the world

From India to Australia to the United States, the income needed to join the top 1% varies greatly from country to country.

According to new data from the World Inequality Database and Statistics Canada compiled by Bloomberg’s Ben Steverman and Reade Pickert, it takes about $488,000 to be in the top 1% in the United States, but it takes about half that to join the top 1% in Australia.

Here’s a ranking of how much you need to earn to join the top 1% in countries around the world, as well as what the average incomes in those countries are, according to a list compiled by Business Insider from World Data.

The income needed to join the top 1% of earners varies greatly from country to country, and the bar is highest in the United Arab Emirates.