Monthly Statistical Snapshot, September 2016

(released October 2016)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, September 2016 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 65,782 57,495 5,534 2,753
Aged 65 or older 45,098 42,909 971 1,218
Disabled, under age 65 a 14,085 7,987 4,563 1,535
Other b 6,599 6,599 . . . . . .
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 2016
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 60,661 100.0 75,162 1,239.04
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 50,021 82.5 64,218 1,283.82
Retirement benefits 44,006 72.5 57,489 1,306.37
Retired workers 40,983 67.6 55,397 1,351.70
Spouses of retired workers 2,373 3.9 1,667 702.59
Children of retired workers 650 1.1 425 652.74
Survivor benefits 6,015 9.9 6,730 1,118.87
Children of deceased workers 1,867 3.1 1,555 833.05
Widowed mothers and fathers 132 0.2 124 944.79
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,755 6.2 4,863 1,294.89
Disabled widow(er)s 260 0.4 186 716.27
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,143.47
Disability Insurance 10,640 17.5 10,943 1,028.50
Disabled workers 8,841 14.6 10,314 1,166.51
Spouses of disabled workers 136 0.2 44 323.26
Children of disabled workers 1,662 2.7 586 352.25
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 2016
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 8,287 100.0 4,713 540.09
Under 18 1,223 14.8 825 644.32
18–64 4,875 58.8 2,932 561.11
65 or older 2,189 26.4 956 435.53
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.