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October 15, 2022

2023 VA Disability Pay Chart (Official Guide)

Last updated on May 19, 2023

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The official 2023 VA Disability Pay Chart was just approved for public release following the Social Security Administration’s announcement of the 2023 COLA increase of 8.7%.

Disabled veterans with a 10% VA rating or higher will see an 8.7% increase effective December 1, 2022, with a first official payment date of January 2023.

2023 VA Disability Rates Will Increase by 8.7%

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What is the Official 2023 VA Disability Pay Chart?

2023 VA Disability Pay Chart

The approved 2023 VA disability pay chart with dependents is shown below for reference.

The official VA disability rates 2023 include the final COLA increase of 8.7%.

VA Disability Rating Percentage 10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$165.92$327.99$508.05$731.86$1,041.82$1,319.65$1,663.06$1,933.15$2,172.39$3,621.95
You & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$548.05$785.86$1,108.82$1,400.65$1,757.06$2,041.15$2,293.39$3,757.00
You & 1 Parent$165.92$327.99$556.05$795.86$1,122.82$1,416.65$1,776.06$2,062.15$2,317.39$3,784.02
You & Spouse$165.92$327.99$568.05$811.86$1,141.82$1,440.65$1,804.06$2,094.15$2,353.39$3,823.89
You, 1 Parent, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$596.05$849.86$1,189.82$1,497.65$1,870.06$2,170.15$2,438.39$3,919.07
You & 2 Parents$165.92$327.99$604.05$859.86$1,203.82$1,513.65$1,889.06$2,191.15$2,462.39$3,946.09
You, Spouse, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$612.05$870.86$1,215.82$1,528.65$1,907.06$2,212.15$2,486.39$3,971.78
You, Spouse, & 1 Parent$165.92$327.99$616.05$875.86$1,222.82$1,537.65$1,917.06$2,223.15$2,498.39$3,985.96
You, 2 Parents, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$644.05$913.86$1,270.82$1,594.65$1,983.06$2,299.15$2,583.39$4,081.14
You, Spouse, 1 Parent, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$660.05$934.86$1,296.82$1,625.65$2,020.06$2,341.15$2,631.39$4,133.85
You, Spouse, & 2 Parents$165.92$327.99$664.05$939.86$1,303.82$1,634.65$2,030.06$2,353.15$2,643.39$4,148.03
You, Spouse, 2 Parents, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$708.05$998.86$1,377.82$1,722.65$2,133.06$2,470.15$2,776.39$4,295.92
Additional Children under 18  $30.00$40.00$50.00$60.00$70.00$80.00$90.00$100.34
Children 18-23  $97.00$129.00$162.00$194.00$226.00$259.00$291.00$324.12
Aid and Attendance (A/A) Spouse  $56.00$74.00$93.00$111.00$130.00$148.00$167.00$185.21
  • The official 2023 VA disability pay chart 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 and add the rate for one school child.
  • Where the veteran has a spouse, who is determined to require Aid and Attendance (A/A), add the figure shown as “Additional for A/A spouse” to the amount shown for the proper dependency code. For example, veteran has A/A spouse and 2 minor children and is 70% disabled. Add $130.00 for additional for A/A spouse to the rate for a 70% veteran to calculate the total amount.

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What is the 2023 VA Disability Increase?

2023 VA Disability Increase

2023 VA disability rates are set to increase by 8.7% next year. 

Disabled veterans with a 10% VA disablity rating or higher will see an 8.7% COLA increase on their monthly VA compensation payment beginning January 2023.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) just announced (October 13, 2022) its official Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) announcement, which affects more than 75 million Americans who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, VA disability and pension benefits, military retirement pay, and other government benefits.

How Are 2023 VA Disability Rates Determined?

Congress designed the rates to reflect the projected amount of lost income that results from a veteran’s disability.

The rating percentages reflect the severity of the condition, so a 30% rating (they should still be able to work) for a single veteran with no dependents means that a lower rate of pay should cover the economic loss of the disability, while a 100% rating (unlikely that they can work) receives the highest pay rate under the law.

Do My Dependents Qualify for 2023 VA Disability Pay?

Dependents do not qualify for VA disability payments directly; however, they can increase your overall monthly VA disability payment since they are dependent on your income.

The VA disability chart factors in parents, spouses, and children that are legally considered dependents.

How Can I Calculate My Combined VA Rating Percentage?

After the VA processes your disability claim, they will send you a rating decision letter that will detail each condition’s individual rating and your total combined rating.

Your total combined rating is the rating percentage used to find your payment rate in the chart.

You can also quickly calculate your combined VA rating using our free VA disability calculator.

How Do I Apply to Receive a VA Disability Rating?

To apply for VA disability benefits, or a VA disability increase, simply start a new VA claim and submit it online for FREE at VA.gov along with medical records for each condition you’re claiming.

The new VA website is like “Turbo-Tax” for VA disability claims: Each screen will provide you with step-by-step instructions and on-screen tips to help you prepare and file your claim online.

If you choose to go this route (which I recommend), select the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) option, and make sure you have the proper evidence for your FDC ready to upload:

  • Nexus Letters (if you weren’t diagnosed in-service or if your STRs lack evidence)
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How Long Does It Take to Receive VA Disability Benefits?

New claims (first time filer) usually take 4-8 months to process.

Generally, the more conditions you file for, the longer your claim will take.

Increase claims or secondary claims usually take 3-4 months.

Once you get a VA rating decision, you will start receiving payments on the first day the following month.

How Does the VA Assign Rating Percentages?

The VA follows the rules of the VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) to assign rating percentages to veteran’s conditions.

The VASRD is the official rating chart for VA disability (with rating rules for conditions) based on their medical diagnosis by diagnostic code and severity of symptoms in terms of frequency, severity, and duration.

  • Frequency means how often.
  • Severity means how bad.
  • Duration means how long.

Generally, the more severe your symptoms, the higher your rating will be for that condition.

How Do I Increase My VA Disability Rating?

To qualify for a higher VA pay rate, you must get one or more individual condition ratings increased, which will then increase your total combined rating.

If your conditions have worsened since you last applied and now qualify for a higher rating, you can submit a new claim on VA.gov by checking the box for an increased evaluation.

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About the Author

Brian Reese
Brian Reese

Brian Reese

Brian Reese is one of the top VA disability benefits experts in the world and bestselling author of You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned (Second Edition).

Brian’s frustration with the VA claim process led him to create VA Claims Insider, which provides disabled veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned to win their VA disability compensation claim, faster, even if they’ve already filed, been denied, gave up, or don’t know where to start. 

As the founder of VA Claims Insider and CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, he has helped serve more than 10 million military members and veterans since 2013 through free online educational resources.

He is a former active duty Air Force officer with extensive experience leading hundreds of individuals and multi-functional teams in challenging international environments, including a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, and he holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, Stillwater, OK, where he was a National Honor Scholar (Top 1% of Graduate School class).

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