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The Social Security Payment Schedule: No Payments on Wednesday November 29



The Social Security Payment Schedule: No Payments on Wednesday November 29

The Social Security Payment Schedule: No Payments on Wednesday November 29. Wednesday is typically a significant day for the Social Security Administration (SSA) when payments are disbursed to over 66.9 million recipients. However, this week’s fifth Wednesday brings a unique situation, as all payments have already been distributed in the preceding weeks.

Why No Payments on November 29

The SSA, responsible for the largest benefit program, follows a specific payment schedule. On the fifth Wednesday of a month, no Social Security payments are made, disrupting the usual routine for beneficiaries.

Payment Distribution Throughout the Month

Millions of SSA beneficiaries experience varying payment dates based on their specific benefit program.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • SSI benefits are paid on the first of each month.
  • In cases where the first falls on a weekend or holiday, payments are made on the last working day before the event.
  • For instance, in 2024, with New Year’s Day on a Sunday, COLA-adjusted payments will be delivered on Friday, December 29th, resulting in two payments in December and none in January.

Social Security Benefits

  • Social Security benefits are distributed on the first three Wednesdays of the month, varying based on the recipient’s date of birth.
  • Those receiving benefits before May 1997 consistently receive payments on the third of every month.
  • Payments scheduled for a weekend or holiday are moved to the previous working day.

October SSI Benefit Overview

In October 2023, SSI beneficiaries witnessed the following average benefit amounts:

  • Under 18: $790.41
  • 18 to 64: $720.97
  • Over 65: $554.10

October Social Security Benefit Overview

The average Social Security benefit amount for the 49.9 million retired workers in October 2023 was $1,843.96.


Understanding the intricacies of the Social Security payment schedule ensures recipients are informed about potential deviations in their benefit distribution. As November 29 sees no payments, recipients can rest assured that this deviation is part of the regular, albeit occasional, adjustments made by the SSA.

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