VA Disability Compensation Rate Tables

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Veterans with a disability that developed or worsened while serving in the military, or due to military service, may be eligible for Service-Connected disability pay.

Conditions covered by these benefits typically include:

  • Physical disabilities including chronic back pain, scar tissue, hearing loss and cancers caused by contact with toxic chemicals.
  • Mental disabilities including traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety.

A full list of covered conditions can be found here.

Article index:

  1. VA Disability Rating System
  2. Pay Rates for 10% – 20% (No Dependents)
  3. Pay Rates for 30% – 60% Without Children
  4. Pay Rates for 70% – 100% Without Children
  5. Pay Rates for 30% – 60% With Children
  6. Pay Rates for 70% – 100% With Children
  7. Determining VA Disability Rates
  8. Eligibility for VA Disability Compensation
  9. Applying for VA Disability Benefits
  10. Combined Rating System
  11. Footnotes

VA Disability Rating System

For every disability claim, the Department of Veterans Affairs assigns a severity rating ranging from 0-100%.

This rating, which moves in 10% increments, is based on service treatment records, VA medical records and private medical records directly relating to the disability.

For veterans with more than one disability, the VA uses the combined ratings table to calculate your disability percentage.

Rates (No Dependents): 10% – 20%

Basic Rates – 10%-100% Combined Degree Only

Without Children With Children
30% – 60% 30% – 60%
70% – 100% 70% – 100%

10% – 20% (No Dependents)

Percentage Rate
10% $136.24
20% $269.30

30% – 60% Without Children

Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran Alone $417.15 $600.90 $855.41 $1,083.52
Veteran with Spouse Only $466.15 $666.90 $937.41 $1,182.52
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $505.15 $719.90 $1,003.41 $1,261.52
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $544.15 $772.90 $1,069.41 $1,340.52
Veteran with One Parent $456.15 $653.90 $921.41 $1,162.52
Veteran with Two Parents $495.15 $706.90 $987.41 $1,241.52
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $46.00 $61.00 $76.00 $91.00

70% – 100% Without Children

Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran Alone $1,365.48 $1,587.25 $1,783.68 $2,973.86
Veteran with Spouse Only $1,481.48 $1,719.25 $1,932.68 $3,139.67
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent $1,574.48 $1,825.25 $2,051.68 $3,272.73
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $1,667.48 $1,931.25 $2,170.68 $3,405.79
Veteran with One Parent $1,458.48 $1,693.25 $1,902.68 $3,106.92
Veteran with Two Parents $1,551.48 $1,799.25 $2,021.68 $3,239.98
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $106.00 $122.00 $137.00 $152.06

30% – 60% With Children

Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran with Spouse and Child $503.15 $714.19 $998.41 $1,255.52
Veteran with Child Only $450.15 $644.90 $910.41 $1,149.52
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $542.15 $767.90 $1,064.41 $1,334.52
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $581.15 $820.90 $1,130.41 $1,413.52
Veteran with One Parent and Child $489.15 $697.90 $976.41 $1,228.52
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $528.15 $750.90 $1,042.41 $1,307.52
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $24.00 $32.00 $41.00 $49.00
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $79.00 $106.00 $133.00 $159.00
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $46.00 $61.00 $76.00 $91.00

70% – 100% With Children

Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran with Spouse and Child $1,566.48 $1,816.25 $2,041.68 $3,261.10
Veteran with Child Only $1,442.48 $1,675.25 $1,882.68 $3,084.75
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $1,659.48 $1,922.25 $2,160.68 $3,394.16
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $1,752.48 $2,028.25 $2,279.68 $3,527.22
Veteran with One Parent and Child $1,535.48 $1,781.25 $2,001.68 $3,217.81
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $1,628.48 $1,887.25 $2,120.68 $3,350.87
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $57.00 $65.00 $74.00 $82.38
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $186.00 $212.00 $239.00 $266.13
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $106.00 $122.00 $137.00 $152.06

Determining VA Disability Rates

To rate your disability, the VA reviews every piece of evidence in your claim and assigns a percentage based on the severity of the disability.

You may only receive compensation for a single diagnostic code per condition, even if that condition satisfies more than one diagnostic code. However, those with more than one condition may receive additional compensation based on the combined rating system.

You may receive additional compensation if:

  • You have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
  • you have a spouse, children, or dependent parents
  • you have a seriously disabled spouse

Eligibility for VA Disability Compensation

Veterans with a service-connected physical or mental disability that makes everyday tasks difficult or impossible may be eligible for VA disability benefits.

Eligibility to file a VA disability claim is dependent on meeting one of the following conditions:

  • A veteran who became sick or injured while serving in the military, or
  • A veteran with an illness or injury prior to enlisting that was worsened by service, or
  • A veteran with a service-connected disability that didn’t appear until after separating from the military

When applying, the VA will need evidence to support your disability claim, which we discuss in the next section.

Applying for VA Disability Benefits

Veterans that meet the eligibility requirements may file a disability claim by mail with VA Form 21-526EZ, in person at your regional benefits office or through the VA’s eBenefits online portal.

There are three methods to apply for disability compensation, each with different timelines to receive benefits.

Decision Ready Claims Program

The fastest method of applying is through the VA’s Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program. This program requires you work with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO), but generally processes claims in 30 days or less.

As of 2018, the only types of claims the DRC program processes are:

  • Conditions that began during, or caused by, service (Direct Service Connection Claim)
  • Conditions that are believed to be caused by military service with no direct evidence (Presumptive Service Connection Claim)
  • Conditions caused or made worse by a service-connected disability (Secondary Service Connection Claim)
  • A current disability claim that is medically proven to have gotten worse (Increased Disability Claim)
  • Claims for eligible surviving spouses (Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Claim)
  • Claims for service members with less than 90 days before separating from the military (Pre-Discharge Claim)

There are additional restrictions for filing under the DRC program. Those applying can consult their VSO to determine if the DRC program is right for you.

Fully Developed Disability Claims

The next fasted option is the Fully Developed Disability Claims (FDDC) program.

The primary difference between the FDDC program and filing a standard claim is the veteran must provide all evidence upfront and certify there’s no additional evidence needed to make a claim decision.

At a minimum, the veteran should provide:

  • All military personnel records pertaining to the condition, and
  • All service treatment records pertaining to the condition, and
  • All private (non-VA) medical records pertaining to the condition, and
  • All VA health records, or supplementary information about related VA health records that the VA can request on your behalf

If your claim is incomplete or additional information is required, the claim will be removed from the FDDC program and be processed as a standard claim.

Standard VA Disability Claims

With standard VA disability claims, the VA does the evidence gathering and works to compile all supporting documents.

If the VA is unable to obtain a needed document, your help may be required. This typically applies to documents not held by a federal agency, such as private medical records, employer information and documents from state or local governments.

As with all claims programs, be prepared to provide your DD214 (or other separation documents), service treatment records, VA medical records and private medical records pertaining to your claim. Those needing help applying for their VA disability claim may also work with an accredited attorney, claims agent or Veterans Service Officer (VSO).

Combined Rating System

Veterans with multiple disabilities use the combined rating system.

To use the combined rating system, first, arrange the disabilities in order by severity and locate the intersect of the two numbers on the table below.

The final figure is rounded to the nearest 10%.

If the veteran has more than two disabilities, find the combined value for the first two, without rounding, and repeat with the third disability. Once you have a final number round to the nearest 10%.

For example, if disability 1’s rating is 40% and disability 2’s rating is 20%, the combined rating is 52%, which is rounded to the nearest 10% making the disability rating 50%.
Now for a three-disability example; if disability 1’s rating is 60%, disability 2’s rating is 30% and disability 3’s rating is 20% we first find the rating of 1 and 2. This comes out to be 72. We then take the first combined rating and find its intersect with disability 3. This comes out at an even 80% rating.

10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
19 27 35 43 51 60 68 76 84 92
20 28 36 44 52 60 68 76 84 92
21 29 37 45 53 61 68 76 84 92
22 30 38 45 53 61 69 77 84 92
23 31 38 46 54 62 69 77 85 92
24 32 39 47 54 62 70 77 85 92
25 33 40 48 55 63 70 78 85 93
26 33 41 48 56 63 70 78 85 93
27 34 42 49 56 64 71 78 85 93
28 35 42 50 57 64 71 78 86 93
29 36 43 50 57 65 72 79 86 93
30 37 44 51 58 65 72 79 86 93
31 38 45 52 59 66 72 79 86 93
32 39 46 52 59 66 73 80 86 93
33 40 46 53 60 67 73 80 87 93
34 41 47 54 60 67 74 80 87 93
35 42 48 55 61 68 74 81 87 94
36 42 49 55 62 68 74 81 87 94
37 43 50 56 62 69 75 81 87 94
38 44 50 57 63 69 75 81 88 94
39 45 51 57 63 70 76 82 88 94
40 46 52 58 64 70 76 82 88 94
41 47 53 59 65 71 76 82 88 94
42 48 54 59 65 71 77 83 88 94
43 49 54 60 66 72 77 83 89 94
44 50 55 61 66 72 78 83 89 94
45 51 56 62 67 73 78 84 89 95
46 51 57 62 68 73 78 84 89 95
47 52 58 63 68 74 79 84 89 95
48 53 58 64 69 74 79 84 90 95
49 54 59 64 69 75 80 85 90 95
50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95
51 56 61 66 71 76 80 85 90 95
52 57 62 66 71 76 81 86 90 95
53 58 62 67 72 77 81 86 91 95
54 59 63 68 72 77 82 86 91 95
55 60 64 69 73 78 82 87 91 96
56 60 65 69 74 78 82 87 91 96
57 61 66 70 74 79 83 87 91 96
58 62 66 71 75 79 83 87 92 96
59 63 67 71 75 80 84 88 92 96
60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96
61 65 69 73 77 81 84 88 92 96
62 66 70 73 77 81 85 89 92 96
63 67 70 74 78 82 85 89 93 96
64 68 71 75 78 82 86 89 93 96
65 69 72 76 79 83 86 90 93 97
66 69 73 76 80 83 86 90 93 97
67 70 74 77 80 84 87 90 93 97
68 71 74 78 81 84 87 90 94 97
69 72 75 78 81 85 88 91 94 97
70 73 76 79 82 85 88 91 94 97
71 74 77 80 83 86 88 91 94 97
72 75 78 80 83 86 89 92 94 97
73 76 78 81 84 87 89 92 95 97
74 77 79 82 84 87 90 92 95 97
75 78 80 83 85 88 90 93 95 98
76 78 81 83 86 88 90 93 95 98
77 79 82 84 86 89 91 93 95 98
78 80 82 85 87 89 91 93 96 98
79 81 83 85 87 90 92 94 96 98
80 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98
81 83 85 87 89 91 92 94 96 98
82 84 86 87 89 91 93 95 96 98
83 85 86 88 90 92 93 95 97 98
84 86 87 89 90 92 94 95 97 98
85 87 88 90 91 93 94 96 97 99
86 87 89 90 92 93 94 96 97 99
87 88 90 91 92 94 95 96 97 99
88 89 90 92 93 94 95 96 98 99
89 90 91 92 93 95 96 97 98 99
90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99
91 92 93 94 95 96 96 97 98 99
92 93 94 94 95 96 97 98 98 99
93 94 94 95 96 97 97 98 99 99
94 95 95 96 96 97 98 98 99 99

FOOTNOTES:

  1. Rates for each school child are shown separately. They are not included with any other compensation rates. All other entries on this chart reflecting a rate for children show the rate payable for children under 18 or helpless. To find the amount payable to a 70% disabled Veteran with a spouse and four children, one of whom is over 18 and attending school, take the 70% rate for a veteran with a spouse and 3 children, $1,680.48, and add the rate for one school child, $186.00. The total amount payable is $1,866.48.
  2. Where the veteran has a spouse who is determined to require A/A, add the figure shown as “additional for A/A spouse” to the amount shown for the proper dependency code. For example, a veteran has A/A spouse and 2 minor children and is 70% disabled. Add $106.00, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran with dependency code 12, $1,623.48. The total amount payable is $1,729.48.

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Compiled by Christian Losciale, updated on Sep. 18, 2018