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July 24, 2022

VA Disability Pay Chart 2023: MASSIVE 8.7% COLA Increase! (The Insider’s Guide)

Last updated on March 7, 2024

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In this post, I’ll reveal and explain the VA disability pay chart 2023 with the recently approved 8.7% COLA increase.

(NEW!) The VA will adjust disabled veteran’s 2023 VA disability pay rates using the annual COLA increase of 8.7% set by the Social Security Administration.

The Official 2023 VA Disability COLA is 8.7%

[BREAKING NEWS] VA Disability Pay Rates to Increase by 8.7%!

With inflation at 40-year record highs in the U.S. economy, disabled veterans with a VA disability rating of 10% or more will see an 8.7% COLA increase on their January 2023 VA compensation payment.

The SSA recently announced that 2023 VA Disability Pay Rates will increase by 8.7% next year.

Okay, let’s jump into the 2023 compensation rates for VA disability.

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What is the VA Disability Pay Chart 2023?

VA Disability Pay Chart 2023

The official 2023 pay chart for VA disability is shown below for reference.

These rates include the final 8.7% COLA increase for 2023!

Official 2023 VA Pay Chart (NO DEPENDENTS)

10% – 20% VA Rating (No Dependents)

VA Rating2023 VA Disability Rates

Official 2023 VA Disability Pay Chart (WITHOUT CHILDREN)

30% – 60% VA Rating (Without Children)

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$508.06$731.85$1,041.83$1,319.65
Veteran with Spouse Only$567.53$812.32$1,142.11$1,439.76
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$615.34$876.45$1,222.57$1,536.54
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$663.15$940.59$1,303.03$1,633.33
Veteran with One Parent$555.87$795.99$1,122.29$1,416.44
Veteran with Two Parents$603.68$860.13$1,202.75$1,513.22
Additional for A/A spouse$55.97$73.46$93.29$111.95

70% – 100% VA Rating (Without Children)

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,663.05$1,933.16$2,172.39$3,621.95
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,804.15$2,094.08$2,353.14$3,823.89
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent$1,917.26$2,223.52$2,498.90$3,985.96
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$2,030.37$2,352.95$2,644.66$4,148.02
Veteran with One Parent$1,776.17$2,062.59$2,318.16$3,784.01
Veteran with Two Parents$1,889.28$2,192.03$2,463.92$3,946.07
Additional for A/A spouse$129.44$148.09$166.75$185.20

Official VA Disability Pay Chart 2023 (WITH CHILDREN)

30% – 60% VA Rating (With Children)

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$613.01$871.79$1,216.74$1,529.55
Veteran with Child Only$547.70$785.50$1,108.29$1,400.11
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$660.82$935.92$1,297.20$1,626.33
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$708.63$1,000.06$1,377.66$1,723.12
Veteran with One Parent and Child$595.51$849.63$1,188.76$1,496.90
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$643.32$913.77$1,269.22$1,593.68
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$29.15$39.65$50.14$59.47
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18$96.79$129.44$160.92$193.57
Additional for A/A spouse$55.97$73.46$93.29$111.95

70% – 100% VA Rating (With Children)

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$1,907.93$2,213.02$2,487.24$3,971.78
Veteran with Child Only$1,757.51$2,040.44$2,293.67$3,756.99
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$2,021.05$2,342.46$2,633.00$4,133.84
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$2,134.16$2,471.89$2,778.76$4,295.90
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,870.62$2,169.87$2,439.43$3,919.06
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$1,983.73$2,299.31$2,585.19$4,081.12
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$69.97$79.29$89.79$100.34
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18$226.22$258.87$291.52$324.13
Additional for A/A spouse$129.44$148.09$166.75$185.20
  • VA disability pay 2023 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 Pay Scale for VA Disability: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2023 Pay Scale for VA Disability FAQs

#1. Will 2023 Compensation Rates for VA Disability Increase Next Year?

Yes, VA disability compensation benefits will increase by 8.7% in 2023!

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.

On October 13, 2022, the SSA will make 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.

#2. Is VA Disability Compensation Pay Tax Free?

Yes, VA disability compensation pay is tax free at both the federal and state level.

VA disability compensation is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury that was caused or made worse during active duty military service.

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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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