How much money can a person make and still receive SSI?
We have sample calculations about how earnings affect SSI in our article on SSA work incentives. In one example, the individual earns $1549/month and still receives an SSI check for $1 (calculations based on 2016 Federal Benefit Rates). However, there are additional work incentives that the individual could access and potentially earn more money, while saving some of his/her income towards educational or vocational goals. Note that these work incentives apply for individuals who are already receiving SSI, not those who are applying for benefits.
We recommend that a beneficiary speak with a work incentives specialist about his/her case while exploring employment, to have the discussion about how work affects his/her own benefits. A good place to start to find local resources is SSA’s Ticket to Work website: https://chooseworkttw.net/.