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August 15, 2022

Official 2023 Pay Chart for VA Disability (The Insider’s Guide)

Last updated on October 15, 2022

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Today, I’ll reveal the 2023 pay chart for VA disability with the official 8.7% COLA increase!

[BREAKING NEWS!] The VA is set to adjust disabled veteran’s 2023 VA disability compensation rates using the annual COLA increase of 8.7% set by the Social Security Administration.

2023 Pay Chart for VA Disability OFFICIAL

With inflation at a 40-year high, disabled veterans with a VA disability rating of 10% or more will see an 8.7% COLA increase starting on their January 2023 VA disability payment.

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What is the Official 2023 Pay Chart for VA Disability?

The official 2023 VA disability rates with dependents is shown below for reference.

These rates include the official 2023 COLA increase of 8.7%.

Total Combined VA Rating10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%
Just You$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$548.27$785.12$1,109.22$1,400.09$1,756.54$2,040.77$2,293.05$3,757.00
You & 1 Parent$165.92$327.99$555.88$795.99$1,122.26$1,416.39$1,776.10$2,062.51$2,318.05$3,784.02
You & Spouse$165.92$327.99$567.84$812.29$1,141.83$1,440.31$1,804.37$2,094.03$2,353.92$3,823.89
You, 1 Parent, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$596.10$849.25$1,189.66$1,496.83$1,869.59$2,170.12$2,438.71$3,919.07
You & 2 Parents$165.92$327.99$603.71$860.12$1,202.70$1,513.14$1,889.15$2,191.86$2,463.71$3,946.09
You, Spouse, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$612.40$870.99$1,215.74$1,529.44$1,907.63$2,212.51$2,486.53$3,971.78
You, Spouse, & 1 Parent$165.92$327.99$615.67$876.43$1,222.27$1,537.05$1,917.41$2,223.38$2,499.58$3,985.96
You, 2 Parents, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$643.93$913.38$1,270.09$1,593.57$1,982.63$2,299.47$2,584.36$4,081.14
You, Spouse, 1 Parent, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$660.23$935.12$1,296.18$1,626.18$2,020.68$2,341.87$2,632.19$4,133.85
You, Spouse, & 2 Parents$165.92$327.99$663.49$940.56$1,302.70$1,633.79$2,030.46$2,352.74$2,645.24$4,148.04
You, Spouse, 2 Parents, & 1 Child$165.92$327.99$708.06$999.26$1,376.62$1,722.93$2,133.73$2,471.22$2,777.85$4,295.92
Additional Children under 18  $29.35$39.13$50.00$59.79$69.57$79.35$90.22$100.34
Children 18-23  $96.74$129.35$161.96$193.49$226.10$258.71$291.32$324.12
Aid and Attendance (A/A) Spouse  $55.44$73.92$93.48$110.87$129.35$147.83$166.31$185.20
  • The SSA-approved 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 $129.68 for additional for A/A spouse to the rate for a 70% veteran to calculate the total amount.

2023 VA Disability Pay Chart: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

VA Disability Pay Chart 2023 FAQs

Will 2023 VA Disability Rates Increase Next Year?

Yes, VA disability rates 2023 will 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.

What is the VA Disability Pay Chart 2023?

The Official 2023 VA Disability COLA is 8.7%

The 2023 VA disability pay chart shows the disability compensation rates that Congress will pass on December 1, 2022 with the final 8.7% COLA increase.

These new rates will be the amount disabled veterans receive each month at the various combined rating percentages for their service-connected disabilities.

How Does the VA Rating System Work?

Your combined VA rating is a very important number.

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 VA rating, the more tax-free compensation you’ll receive.

For example, in 2023, a 10% VA rating is worth $165.92 per month, while a 100% VA rating can be worth more than $3,500 per month.

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

However, some disabilities by nature impact you more than others and therefore might garner higher ratings.

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VA Math Explained: How Does the VA Determine My Overall Combined Rating?

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 of us have more than one service-connected disability.

So how does the VA consider all of them and wind up with one 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 Sleep Apnea, you won’t be 70% + 50% = 120% disabled.

Why?

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, they would assume that 100% − 70% = 30% of you is still “healthy.”

Then they multiply that remaining 30% by the rating for your Sleep Apnea, 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.

Now that you understand it, you can see how someone could have five or six disabilities, but if they’re all low value, the rating won’t reach anywhere close to 100%.

You’d have to layer in some 70s, 60s, 50s, 30s, etc.

How Are VA Compensation 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 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 Do I Know 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 Rating?

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

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 Can I Qualify For a Higher VA Disability Pay Rate?

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

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Brian Reese is a VA benefits expert, author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned, and founder of VA Claims Insider – “The Most Trusted Name in Education-Based Resources for Veterans.”

His frustration with the 8-step VA disability claims process led him to create “VA Claims Insider,” which provides U.S. military veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned for successfully submitting or re-submitting a winning VA disability compensation claim.

Brian is also the CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, which is the world’s largest free searchable database for all things related to DoD disability and VA disability claims and has served more than 4,600,000 military members and veterans since its founding in 2013.

His eBook, the “9 Secrets Strategies for Winning Your VA Disability Claim” has been downloaded more than 300,000 times in the past three years and is the #1 rated free VA disability claims guide for veterans.

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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