Benefits Paid by Type of Beneficiary
Number of Social Security Beneficiaries
The graph below shows the number of people receiving Social Security
benefits at the end of calendar quarters, beginning with data for March 1970.
Beneficiaries receiving benefits
at the end of December 2016
|Retired workers and dependents||44,266,144|
|Disabled workers and dependents||10,610,070||
Counting dual-entitled beneficiaries
If a beneficiary is entitled to both a primary benefit (as a retired
or disabled worker) and another benefit (say a spousal benefit)
payable from the same trust fund, then he or she is counted only once
in our statistics as a primary beneficiary.