Monthly Statistical Snapshot, September 2017

(released October 2017)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, September 2017 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 66,721 58,493 5,491 2,737
Aged 65 or older 46,383 44,161 983 1,240
Disabled, under age 65 a 13,921 7,916 4,508 1,498
Other b 6,416 6,416 . . . . . .
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 2017
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 61,642 100.0 77,611 1,259.06
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 51,192 83.0 66,765 1,304.21
Retirement benefits 45,218 73.4 60,024 1,327.41
Retired workers 42,182 68.4 57,890 1,372.39
Spouses of retired workers 2,373 3.8 1,696 714.80
Children of retired workers 664 1.1 438 659.37
Survivor benefits 5,973 9.7 6,741 1,128.56
Children of deceased workers 1,876 3.0 1,574 838.80
Widowed mothers and fathers 127 0.2 121 955.67
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,711 6.0 4,860 1,309.79
Disabled widow(er)s 259 0.4 185 715.32
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,163.57
Disability Insurance 10,450 17.0 10,846 1,037.89
Disabled workers 8,736 14.2 10,238 1,171.97
Spouses of disabled workers 128 0.2 42 327.91
Children of disabled workers 1,586 2.6 566 356.77
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 2017
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 8,228 100.0 4,699 542.69
Under 18 1,188 14.4 804 649.07
18–64 4,817 58.5 2,919 564.62
65 or older 2,223 27.0 977 438.77
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.