Monthly Statistical Snapshot, February 2021

(released March 2021)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, February 2021 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 69,756 61,828 5,307 2,621
Aged 65 or older 50,792 48,502 1,003 1,286
Disabled, under age 65 a 13,045 7,406 4,304 1,335
Other b 5,919 5,919 . . . . . .
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, February 2021
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 64,857 100.0 92,453 1,425.49
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 55,220 85.1 81,412 1,474.34
Retirement benefits 49,352 76.1 74,117 1,501.81
Retired workers 46,360 71.5 71,778 1,548.29
Spouses of retired workers 2,288 3.5 1,822 796.68
Children of retired workers 704 1.1 516 732.48
Survivor benefits 5,868 9.0 7,296 1,243.33
Children of deceased workers 1,956 3.0 1,800 920.27
Widowed mothers and fathers 109 0.2 114 1,045.29
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,568 5.5 5,200 1,457.54
Disabled widow(er)s 235 0.4 181 770.80
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,297.74
Disability Insurance 9,638 14.9 11,041 1,145.59
Disabled workers 8,176 12.6 10,459 1,279.24
Spouses of disabled workers 105 0.2 38 360.79
Children of disabled workers 1,357 2.1 544 400.79
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, February 2021
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 7,928 100.0 4,855 584.56
Under 18 1,104 13.9 793 686.40
18–64 4,535 57.2 2,969 614.79
65 or older 2,289 28.9 1,093 475.46
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.