Medium Work

Definition - What does Medium Work mean?

Medium work refers to any job in which an individual is frequently required to lift or carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds, but no more than 50 pounds, at a time. Medium work is one of the classifications of jobs used by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) for determining the physical exertion requirement of work in the U.S. economy.

Justipedia explains Medium Work

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) only provides Social Security Disability benefits to claimants who are unable to perform the work they did in the past or any other job. Sedentary, light, medium, heavy, and very heavy is how the SSA classifies jobs according to the physical exertion they require.

Jobs that require regular carrying and lifting of items weighing up to 25 pounds are classified by the SSA as medium work. Jobs that require an individual to sometimes carry objects above 25 pounds but no more than 50 pounds at a time are also classified as medium work. If an individual can perform medium work, the SSA determines that they can also perform sedentary and light work.

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