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Monthly Statistical Snapshot, September 2021

(released October 2021)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, September 2021 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 69,910 62,137 5,187 2,586
Aged 65 or older 51,462 49,175 996 1,291
Disabled, under age 65 a 12,716 7,230 4,191 1,294
Other b 5,732 5,732 . . . . . .
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 2021
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 65,126 100.0 93,721 1,439.07
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 55,787 85.7 82,956 1,487.01
Retirement benefits 49,944 76.7 75,653 1,514.74
Retired workers 47,054 72.3 73,398 1,559.86
Spouses of retired workers 2,207 3.4 1,752 793.90
Children of retired workers 683 1.0 502 735.60
Survivor benefits 5,843 9.0 7,304 1,250.00
Children of deceased workers 1,936 3.0 1,783 921.03
Widowed mothers and fathers 113 0.2 120 1,065.25
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,566 5.5 5,224 1,464.92
Disabled widow(er)s 228 0.3 176 771.64
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,311.50
Disability Insurance 9,339 14.3 10,765 1,152.70
Disabled workers 7,982 12.3 10,225 1,280.98
Spouses of disabled workers 99 0.2 35 358.44
Children of disabled workers 1,258 1.9 504 401.09
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 2021
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 7,773 100.0 4,774 584.74
Under 18 1,058 13.6 777 687.28
18–64 4,427 57.0 2,899 616.62
65 or older 2,287 29.4 1,097 475.71
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.