Automatic Increases
Substantial gainful activity amounts
Wageindexed amounts

SGA for the Blind—does
not apply to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
The monthly SGA amount for statutorily blind individuals for
2008 is such SGA amount for 1994 multiplied by the
ratio of the national average wage index for 2006 to that for 1992, or,
if larger, such SGA amount for 2007 ($1,500).
If the amount so calculated is not a multiple of $10, we round it to the
nearest multiple of $10.
Calculation details
Amounts in formula 
1994 monthly SGA amount  $930 
1992 average wage index  $22,935.42 
2006 average wage index  $38,651.41 
Computation  $930 times ($38,651.41 divided by $22,935.42)
equals $1,567.26, which rounds to $1,570. 
Higher amount  $1,570 exceeds $1,500,
so the amount for 2008 is $1,570 
SGA for the NonBlind Disabled—applies
to Social Security and SSI benefits
The method used to adjust the SGA for nonblind individuals is
similar to that used for blind individuals and was published in the
Federal Register
(FR 65 82905) on December 29, 2000. The monthly
SGA amount for nonblind disabled individuals for 2008 is such SGA amount
for 2000 multiplied by the ratio of the national average wage index for
2006 to that for 1998, or, if larger such SGA amount for
2007 ($900). If the amount so calculated is
not a multiple of $10, we round it to the nearest multiple of $10.
Calculation details
Amounts in formula 
2000 monthly SGA amount  $700 
1998 average wage index  $28,861.44 
2006 average wage index  $38,651.41 
Computation  $700 times ($38,651.41 divided by $28,861.44)
equals $937.44, which rounds to $940 
Higher amount  $940 exceeds
$900, so the amount for 2008 is
$940 
