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Vocational Grid Rules (with OBF Revisions for Clarity)

Social Security utilizes the Vocational Grid Rules when an impairment or combination thereof is determined to NOT be “listing level”.  The Grid Rules may be used to direct a finding of disability based on a Claimant’s age, education, the skill level of the Claimant’s Past Relevant Work (PRW), whether the PRW provides transferable skills, and the Residual Functional Capacity (Sedentary, Light, Medium, Heavy, Very Heavy), also known as the RFC, of the Claimant.  Each of these elements must be identified in order to make correct use of the Vocational Grid Rules.  The OBF version of the Vocational Grid Rules may be found below.  OBF has removed “ditto” sections for clarity, and instead replaced the “ditto” text with the actual field contents.  Click on this sentence to view the official version of the grid rules – Appendix 2 to Subpart P of Part 404.  For other disability related definitions or information, please see the OBF Glossary, OBF TV, or OBF Knowledge Base.grid search icon

RFCRuleAgeEducationPrevious work experienceDecision
Sedentary201.0155-OverLimited or lessUnskilled or noneDisabled
Sedentary201.0255-OverLimited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferDisabled
Sedentary201.0355-OverLimited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.0455-OverHS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workUnskilled or noneDisabled
Sedentary201.0555-OverHS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Sedentary201.0655-OverHS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferDisabled
Sedentary201.0755-OverHS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.0855-OverHS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.0950-54Limited or lessUnskilled or noneDisabled
Sedentary201.1050-54Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferDisabled
Sedentary201.1150-54Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.1250-54HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workUnskilled or noneDisabled
Sedentary201.1350-54HS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Sedentary201.1450-54HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferDisabled
Sedentary201.1550-54HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.1650-54HS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.1745-49Illiterate or unable to communicate in EnglishUnskilled or noneDisabled
Sedentary201.1845-49Limited or less—literate and able speak EnglishUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Sedentary201.1945-49Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.2045-49Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.2145-49HS grad or moreSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.2245-49HS grad or moreSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.2318-44Illiterate or unable to communicate in EnglishUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Sedentary201.2418-44Limited or less—literate and able speak EnglishUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Sedentary201.2518-44Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.2618-44Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.2718-44HS grad or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Sedentary201.2818-44HS grad or moreSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Sedentary201.2918-44HS grad or moreSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Light202.0155-OverLimited or lessUnskilled or noneDisabled
Light202.0255-OverLimited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferDisabled
Light202.0355-OverLimited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Light202.0455-OverHS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workUnskilled or noneDisabled
Light202.0555-OverHS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Light202.0655-OverHS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferDisabled
Light202.0755-OverHS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Light202.0855-OverHS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Light202.0950-54Illiterate or unable to communicate in EnglishUnskilled or noneDisabled
Light202.1050-54Limited or less—literate and able speak EnglishUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Light202.1150-54Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Light202.1250-54Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Light202.1350-54HS grad or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Light202.1450-54HS grad or moreSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Light202.1550-54HS grad or moreSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Light202.16Below 50Illiterate or unable to communicate in EnglishUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Light202.17Below 50Limited or less—literate and able speak EnglishUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Light202.18Below 50Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Light202.19Below 50Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Light202.20Below 50HS grad or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Light202.21Below 50HS grad or moreSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Light202.22Below 50HS grad or moreSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.0160-OverMarginal or noneUnskilled or noneDisabled
Medium203.0260-OverLimited or lessNoneDisabled
Medium203.0360-OverLimitedUnskilledNot disabled
Medium203.0460-OverLimited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.0560-OverLimited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.0660-OverHS grad or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Medium203.0760-OverHS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.0860-OverHS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.0960-OverHS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.1055-59Limited or lessNoneDisabled
Medium203.1155-59Limited or lessUnskilledNot disabled
Medium203.1255-59Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.1355-59Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.1455-59HS grad or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Medium203.1555-59HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.1655-59HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.1755-59HS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.1850-54Limited or lessUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Medium203.1950-54Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.2050-54Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.2150-54HS grad or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Medium203.2250-54HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.2350-54HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.2450-54HS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.25Below 50Limited or lessUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Medium203.26Below 50Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.27Below 50Limited or lessSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.28Below 50HS grad or moreUnskilled or noneNot disabled
Medium203.29Below 50HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled
Medium203.30Below 50HS grad or more—no direct entry to skilled workSkilled or semi-skills DO xferNot disabled
Medium203.31Below 50HS grad or more—direct entry into skilled workSkilled or semi-skills not xferNot disabled