There are at least five major types of Social Security disability benefits, paid through two programs. According to U.S. Social Security Administration, a 20 year old worker has a three in 10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement age. In 2011, disability benefits were paid to just over 9.8 million people. The average monthly benefit received was $1,110.50. Awards to disabled workers accounted for over 89 percent of awards to all disabled beneficiaries.
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