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January 30, 2022

2022 Compensation Rates for VA Disability

Last updated on March 7, 2024

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2022 Compensation Rates for VA Disability saw a 5.9% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase as adjusted each year by the Social Security Administration.  

Annually, the VA makes a COLA increase to VA disability compensation benefits to adjust for inflationary pressures in the economy, which helps veterans maintain the same level of purchasing power.

Compensation Rates for VA Disability

Veterans can calculate their 2022 VA disability pay rate with our Combined VA Disability Rating Calculator.

Did you know?

VA disability compensation benefits are paid on the first business day of the following month.

We’ve built a helpful chart so you can find your next VA Disability Payment Date.

2022 VA Pay Rates: 10% – 20% VA Disability Rating (No Dependents)

Veterans rated at 10% or 20% do not qualify for additional compensation for their dependents.

VA Disability Percentage2022 VA Disability Pay Rate
10% VA Rating$152.64
20% VA Rating$301.74

2022 Compensation Rates for VA Disability: 30% – 60% VA Disability Rating (Without Children)

2022 VA pay rates for veterans rated between 30% and 60% without children.

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$467.39$673.28$958.44$1,214.03
Veteran with Spouse Only$522.10$747.30$1,050.70$1,324.52
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$566.09$806.30$1,124.72$1,413.56
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$610.07$865.30$1,198.74$1,502.60
Veteran with One Parent$511.38$732.28$1,032.46$1,303.07
Veteran with Two Parents$555.36$791.28$1,106.48$1,392.11
Additional for A/A Spouse $51.49$67.58$85.82$102.99

2022 VA Compensation Rates: 70% – 100% VA Disability Rating (Without Children)

2022 VA disability pay rates for veterans rated between 70% and 100% without children.

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,529.95$1,778.43$1,998.52$3,332.06
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,659.75$1,926.47$2,164.80$3,517.84
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent$1,763.81$2,045.55$2,298.90$3,666.93
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$1,867.87$2,164.63$2,432.99$3,816.03
Veteran with One Parent$1,634.01$1,897.51$2,132.62$3,481.15
Veteran with Two Parents$1,738.06$2,016.59$2,266.71$3,630.24
Additional for A/A Spouse $119.08$136.24$153.41$170.38

VA Compensation Rates 2022 30% – 60% VA Disability Rating (With Children)

2022 compensation rates for VA disability for veterans with a VA rating between 70% and 100% with children.

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$563.94$802.01$1,119.36$1,407.13
Veteran with Child Only$503.87$722.63$1,019.59$1,288.05
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$607.93$861.01$1,193.38$1,496.17
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$651.91$920.02$1,267.40$1,585.21
Veteran with One Parent and Child$547.85$781.63$1,093.61$1,377.09
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$591.83$840.63$1,167.63$1,466.13
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$26.82$36.47$46.13$54.71
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 $89.04$119.08$148.04$178.08
Additional for A/A Spouse $51.49$67.58$85.82$102.99

2022 VA Disability Rates: 70% – 100% VA Disability Rating (With Children)

VA disability pay rates 2022 for veterans rated between 70% and 100% with children.

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$1,755.23$2,035.90$2,288.17$3,653.89
Veteran with Child Only$1,616.84$1,877.13$2,110.09$3,456.29
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$1,859.29$2,154.97$2,422.26$3,802.98
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$1,963.35$2,274.05$2,556.36$3,952.07
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,720.90$1,996.20$2,244.19$3,605.39
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$1,824.96$2,115.28$2,378.28$3,754.48
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$64.37$72.95$82.60$92.31
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 $208.12$238.15$268.19$298.19
Additional for A/A Spouse $119.08$136.24$153.41$170.38

How Does My VA Disability Rating Impact VA Pay Rates?

2022 VA Pay Rates

Your combined VA disability rating number is incredibly important.

It could be the difference between receiving thousands of dollars and millions of dollars.

Every service-connected disability will receive a rating of 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90%, or 100%.

The higher your combined VA disability rating, the more benefits you’ll receive.

In 2022, a 10% VA rating is worth $152.64 per month, while a 100% VA rating is worth a minimum of $3,332.06 per month.

Your final rating depends on the severity of your disability: the impact it has on your work, life, and social functioning.

Some disabilities by nature impact you more than others and therefore might garner higher ratings.

Here’s the Top 10 Easiest Claims for VA Disability This Year (2022).

How Do I Calculate My Combined VA Rating?

2022 VA Disability Compensation Rates

If you have one disability, then the rating for that disability and the rating for your total disability will be one and the same.

However, most veterans have more than one service-connected disability.

So how does the VA determine your combined VA rating percentage?

If you receive several ratings for corresponding disabilities, they will not just be added together in a cumulative nature.

If you are rated at 70% for PTSD and 50% for Headaches, you won’t be 70% + 50% = 120% disabled.


Well, because it’s physically impossible to be more than 100% disabled.

Instead, the VA starts with your highest overall rating, multiplies the next highest rating into the previous one, adds it on, and so on.

In the example I just gave, the VA would take the highest rating first, the 70% for PTSD.

According to that number, the VA assumes that 100% − 70% = 30% of you is still “healthy.”

Then they multiply that remaining 30% by the rating for your Headaches, which is 50%.

Take 50% of 30% and you wind up with 15%.

Add that 15% onto the original 70%, and you wind up with an 85% total disability rating, which would be rounded up to a 90% combined VA disability rating.

The process continues for each disability remaining from highest to lowest.

Is that clear?

Clear as mud, but it’s the rating system we have.

But rather than trying to run your own calculations, just use our FREE VA Disability Calculator!

How Do I Increase My VA Disability Rating?

How Do I Increase My VA Rating

There are 6 proven ways to increase your VA disability rating, assuming your eligible and your conditions warrant the higher rating by law:

  • Path #1. File for Increased Disability on Conditions Already Service Connected
  • Path #2. File for New Primary Disability Conditions for Direct Service Connection
  • Path #3. File for New Secondary Disability Conditions for Secondary Service Connection
  • Path #4. File a Supplemental Claim for Previously Denied Disability Conditions
  • Path #5. File for Presumptive Disability Conditions
  • Path #6. File for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU)

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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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