Monthly Statistical Snapshot, September 2015

(released October 2015)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, September 2015 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 64,915 56,553 5,588 2,775
Aged 65 or older 43,844 41,687 957 1,200
Disabled, under age 65 a 14,244 8,039 4,631 1,575
Other b 6,827 6,827 . . . . . .
SOURCES: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record and Supplemental Security Record, 100 percent data.
NOTES: Social Security beneficiaries who are entitled to a primary and a secondary benefit (dual entitlement) are counted only once in this table. SSI counts include recipients of federal SSI, federally administered state supplementation, or both.
. . . = not applicable.
a. Includes children receiving SSI based on their own disability.
b. Social Security beneficiaries who are neither aged nor disabled (for example, early retirees, young survivors).
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.

For detailed annual and time series program data, see our Annual Statistical Supplement.

Table 2. Social Security benefits, September 2015
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 59,738 100.0 73,168 1,224.81
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 48,926 81.9 62,119 1,269.65
Retirement benefits 42,855 71.7 55,365 1,291.92
Retired workers 39,893 66.8 53,359 1,337.57
Spouses of retired workers 2,325 3.9 1,592 684.84
Children of retired workers 637 1.1 414 648.87
Survivor benefits 6,071 10.2 6,754 1,112.46
Children of deceased workers 1,866 3.1 1,550 830.62
Widowed mothers and fathers 140 0.2 132 940.87
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,804 6.4 4,884 1,283.81
Disabled widow(er)s 259 0.4 187 719.91
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,128.28
Disability Insurance 10,812 18.1 11,049 1,021.92
Disabled workers 8,921 14.9 10,393 1,164.94
Spouses of disabled workers 144 0.2 46 317.80
Children of disabled workers 1,747 2.9 610 349.36
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.
NOTE: (L) = less than 0.05 percent.
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.

For more detailed monthly OASDI information, visit the Actuary's website for Beneficiary Data.

Table 3. Supplemental Security Income recipients, September 2015
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 8,363 100.0 4,794 539.32
Under 18 1,280 15.3 868 642.36
18–64 4,926 58.9 2,989 559.00
65 or older 2,157 25.8 937 433.47
SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record, 100 percent data.
a. Includes retroactive payments.
b. Excludes retroactive payments.
CONTACT: (410) 965-0090 or statistics@ssa.gov.

For more detailed monthly SSI information, see SSI Monthly Statistics.