2021 Hearing Office Approval Ratings

Submitted by kdm on Fri, 05/21/2021 - 14:51

As a Social Security disability attorney or representative you know that the rates for awarding benefits vary greatly depending on the Hearing Office. Therefore it is extremely helpful to know where each stands but can be difficult to find from the data that the SSA provides. Therefore, we have put together an updated list of approval rates by hearing office for 2021. These approval rates are based off of decisions made from September 26, 2020 through April 30, 2021.

The approval ratings vary significantly by hearing office. Currently the highest is 67.16% and the lowest at 25.58%. The national average of favorable decisions is 48.85%. Therefore, the hearing office where a claim is heard can affect the outcome of the case and whether or not an award is granted.

Here is a list of the 10 offices with the highest award percentages::

  • New York Varick, NY – 67.16%
  • San Rafael, CA – 66.00%
  • Long Island, NY – 65.95%
  • Ponce, PR – 65.59%
  • San Jose, CA – 65.44%
  • Honolulu, HI – 65.40%
  • Rochester, NY – 65.13%
  • Oak Park, MI – 64.44%
  • Sacramento, CA – 63.43%
  • Greensboro, NC – 60.83%

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US Map with Approval Rates


State Hearing Office % Favorable
AL BIRMINGHAM 44.38%
AL FLORENCE 46.64%
AL MOBILE 54.61%
AL MONTGOMERY 57.77%
AR FORT SMITH 51.20%
AR LITTLE ROCK 38.05%
AZ PHOENIX DOWNTOWN 40.65%
AZ PHOENIX NORTH 49.96%
AZ TUCSON 57.29%
CA FRESNO 54.26%
CA LONG BEACH 53.32%
CA LOS ANGELES DOWNTOWN 47.81%
CA LOS ANGELES WEST 49.22%
CA MORENO VALLEY 47.64%
CA NORWALK 52.88%
CA OAKLAND 53.72%
CA ORANGE 48.02%
CA PASADENA 53.66%
CA SACRAMENTO 63.43%
CA SAN BERNARDINO 53.72%
CA SAN DIEGO 42.63%
CA SAN FRANCISCO 56.68%
CA SAN JOSE 65.44%
CA SAN RAFAEL 66.00%
CA SANTA BARBARA 47.67%
CA STOCKTON 49.77%
CO COLORADO SPRINGS 29.97%
CO DENVER 45.20%
CT HARTFORD 39.82%
CT NEW HAVEN 40.13%
DC WASHINGTON 41.12%
DE DOVER 45.74%
FL FORT MYERS FL 55.36%
FL FT LAUDERDALE 44.86%
FL JACKSONVILLE 49.44%
FL MIAMI OHO 49.85%
FL ORLANDO 53.45%
FL ST PETERSBURG 52.14%
FL TALLAHASSEE 54.59%
FL TAMPA OHO 56.07%
GA ATLANTA DOWNTOWN 55.46%
GA ATLANTA NORTH 50.00%
GA COVINGTON GA 50.18%
GA MACON 39.86%
GA SAVANNAH 52.67%
HI HONOLULU 65.40%
IA WEST DES MOINES 52.19%
IL CHICAGO 51.56%
IL EVANSVILLE 45.45%
IL NHC CHICAGO 40.85%
IL OAK BROOK 55.63%
IL ORLAND PARK 40.52%
IL PEORIA 43.85%
IN EVANSTON 49.74%
IN FORT WAYNE 50.21%
IN INDIANAPOLIS 50.31%
IN VALPARAISO 50.75%
KS TOPEKA 29.79%
KS WICHITA 39.35%
KY LEXINGTON 48.17%
KY LOUISVILLE 53.44%
KY MIDDLESBORO 34.45%
KY PADUCAH 46.47%
LA ALEXANDRIA 44.39%
LA METAIRIE 49.15%
LA NEW ORLEANS 57.26%
LA SHREVEPORT 53.38%
MA BOSTON 41.00%
MA LAWRENCE MA 49.92%
MA SPRINGFIELD 39.03%
MD BALTIMORE 57.17%
MD NHC BALTIMORE 45.07%
ME PORTLAND 45.90%
MI DETROIT 54.63%
MI FLINT 48.06%
MI GRAND RAPIDS 49.40%
MI LANSING 46.38%
MI LIVONIA MI 55.74%
MI MT PLEASANT MI 46.69%
MI OAK PARK 64.44%
MN MINNEAPOLIS 40.55%
MO COLUMBIA MO 43.80%
MO CREVE COEUR 39.36%
MO KANSAS CITY 35.34%
MO NHC ST LOUIS 44.68%
MO SPRINGFIELD 29.68%
MO ST LOUIS 45.42%
MS HATTIESBURG 37.04%
MS JACKSON MS OHO 44.61%
MS TUPELO 57.21%
MT BILLINGS 42.57%
NC CHARLOTTE 55.96%
NC FAYETTEVILLE NC 59.08%
NC GREENSBORO 60.83%
NC RALEIGH 51.44%
ND FARGO 47.00%
NE OMAHA 49.02%
NH MANCHESTER 51.16%
NJ JERSEY CITY 60.27%
NJ NEWARK 48.44%
NJ SOUTH JERSEY 54.69%
NM ALBUQUERQUE 48.76%
NM NHC ALBUQUERQUE 37.08%
NV LAS VEGAS 46.24%
NV RENO 25.58%
NY ALBANY 50.74%
NY BRONX 57.21%
NY BUFFALO 46.14%
NY LONG ISLAND 65.95%
NY NEW YORK 56.80%
NY NEW YORK VARICK 67.16%
NY QUEENS 57.02%
NY ROCHESTER 65.13%
NY SYRACUSE 42.57%
NY WHITE PLAINS 58.00%
OH AKRON 51.86%
OH CINCINNATI 48.72%
OH CLEVELAND 41.64%
OH COLUMBUS 49.22%
OH DAYTON 54.62%
OH TOLEDO 45.55%
OK MCALESTER 37.71%
OK OKLAHOMA CITY 57.99%
OK TULSA 57.60%
OR EUGENE 54.39%
OR PORTLAND 48.26%
PA ELKINS PARK 48.19%
PA HARRISBURG 40.83%
PA JOHNSTOWN 49.92%
PA PHILADELPHIA 45.98%
PA PHILADELPHIA EAST 48.27%
PA PITTSBURGH 40.32%
PA SEVEN FIELDS 55.96%
PA WILKES BARRE 41.31%
PR PONCE 65.59%
PR SAN JUAN 54.46%
RI PROVIDENCE 45.86%
SC CHARLESTON SC 44.24%
SC COLUMBIA SC 57.86%
SC GREENVILLE 54.52%
TN CHATTANOOGA 55.86%
TN FRANKLIN TN 43.64%
TN KINGSPORT 60.06%
TN KNOXVILLE 50.16%
TN MEMPHIS 54.28%
TN NASHVILLE 53.91%
TX DALLAS DOWNTOWN 48.79%
TX DALLAS NORTH OHO 47.63%
TX FORT WORTH 44.26%
TX HOUSTON NORTH 41.97%
TX HOUSTON WEST 47.80%
TX RIO GRANDE VALLEY TX 34.28%
TX SAN ANTONIO 37.24%
UT SALT LAKE CITY 38.67%
VA CHARLOTTESVILLE 50.38%
VA NHC FALLS CHURCH 44.91%
VA NORFOLK 45.53%
VA RICHMOND 37.45%
VA ROANOKE 48.76%
WA SEATTLE 45.65%
WA SPOKANE 50.87%
WA TACOMA 38.30%
WI MADISON 56.23%
WI MILWAUKEE 45.23%
WV CHARLESTON WV 55.63%
WV HUNTINGTON WV 39.57%
WV MORGANTOWN 40.25%

*https://www.ssa.gov/appeals/DataSets/03_ALJ_Disposition_Data.html