Monthly Statistical Snapshot, January 2021

(released February 2021)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, January 2021 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 69,738 61,812 5,302 2,624
Aged 65 or older 50,770 48,478 1,005 1,288
Disabled, under age 65 a 13,069 7,435 4,298 1,336
Other b 5,900 5,900 . . . . . .
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, January 2021
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 64,841 100.0 92,345 1,424.17
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 55,217 85.2 81,333 1,472.96
Retirement benefits 49,365 76.1 74,057 1,500.21
Retired workers 46,359 71.5 71,708 1,546.80
Spouses of retired workers 2,302 3.5 1,834 796.86
Children of retired workers 704 1.1 515 731.59
Survivor benefits 5,852 9.0 7,275 1,243.07
Children of deceased workers 1,945 3.0 1,788 919.38
Widowed mothers and fathers 107 0.2 112 1,043.61
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,564 5.5 5,192 1,456.98
Disabled widow(er)s 236 0.4 182 770.52
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,295.69
Disability Insurance 9,624 14.8 11,013 1,144.26
Disabled workers 8,161 12.6 10,432 1,278.18
Spouses of disabled workers 104 0.2 37 360.62
Children of disabled workers 1,359 2.1 544 400.00
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, January 2021
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 7,926 100.0 4,784 585.53
Under 18 1,100 13.9 781 693.16
18–64 4,534 57.2 2,912 615.23
65 or older 2,293 28.9 1,090 475.18
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.