Number of Social Security Beneficiaries

Monthly benefits are payable from the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Funds. Growth in the number of beneficiaries over time may be seen in a graph for broad classes of beneficiaries.

Using the form below, you can see the number of currently paid beneficiaries by age. Just select the type of beneficiary and click on "Go." Privacy consideration—if there are only 1 or 2 beneficiaries in a given table cell, we show a value of 0 for the number of beneficiaries and show no benefit amount.

Note that the average benefit amounts provided by the forms below represent the amounts due to beneficiaries in current payment status for the month(s) included in the table. These amounts exclude any adjustments to benefits for retroactive payments and certain payment withholding that may be attributable to eligibility in prior months. Therefore, these data do not represent total benefits paid from the trust funds. Total benefit payment data including these effects are available here.

Benefits in current payment status at the end of December 2016
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Social Security beneficiaries aged 62 and over, end of December 2016
(number in thousands)
Age group Total Male Female
NumberPercent NumberPercent
62-69 18,768 8,574 45.7 10,194 54.3
70-84 24,963 11,374 45.6 13,589 54.4
85 & over 5,711 1,994 34.9 3,717 65.1
Total, age 62 & over 49,442 21,942 44.4 27,500 55.6
Note: Excludes adults who became disabled as children.
Totals do not necessarily equal the sum of rounded components.