Definition - What does Earned Income mean?
Earned income, in the context of Social Security, refers to the income that an individual earns by working. Wages, net earnings from self-employment, sheltered workshop payments, and certain royalties and honoraria are some of the different classifications of income that the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) takes into account when calculating a claimant's earned income.
Justipedia explains Earned Income
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) pays Supplemental Security Income (SSI) only to those disabled individuals whose income and assets fall below the respective limits set by the SSA. When determining the eligibility of a claimant for SSI disability benefits, the SSA considers the income a claimant earns through working, which is called earned income.