Social Security: Earnings Required to Meet Quarterly Coverage



When a person files for Social Security Disability (SSDI), they will need to meet a minimum requirement for for their past earnings.  Past earnings are calculated on a quarterly basis.  A person meets Quarterly Coverage (QC) when they have earned the required level of wages or earning.

The minimum requirement can change each year.  Here is a list of the last few years required levels:

  • 2010:     $1,120
  • 2011:     $1,120
  • 2012:     $1,130
  • 2013:     $1,160
  • 2014:     $1,200
  • 2015:     $1,220
  • 2016:     $1,260

Always calculate your Quarterly Coverage prior to filing for Social Security Benefits.  This will help prevent a denial that could have been avoided.

The Morris Firm,, (214)357-1782


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