Match the claimant’s job information in forms and evidence with the yearly earnings
listed on the query, or if applicable the earnings from each employer for the year.
As long as you can reasonably match the claimant’s work to the earnings for a year,
no additional development is necessary.
You must develop job information for any year that has an earnings level above the
SGA level for one month for which there is no corresponding job information since
individuals can learn unskilled work in 30 days or less.
If the earnings for a year are not at or above the yearly SGA level, then you need
to determine how many months the claimant worked at the job and use the monthly SGA
chart to determine whether the job was SGA.
If there are earnings for years that the claimant did not list a job, then you will
need to contact the claimant to obtain additional information about work in those
years, unless you can reasonably match the earnings to a job listed by the claimant
for another year.
EXAMPLE: The claimant indicates he worked from 2001-2002 earning $15,000 each year. If the
query shows the claimant worked from 2000 to 2001 earning $15,000 each year it may
be reasonable to conclude that the claimant described this work but remembered the
years worked incorrectly.
For more information on countable earnings for nonblind employees, see (SGA) Medical-Vocational
Quick Reference Guide Monthly SGA Chart for Nonblind Employees in DI 25001.001A.