Monthly Statistical Snapshot, March 2018

(released April 2018)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, March 2018 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 67,286 59,092 5,464 2,730
Aged 65 or older 47,024 44,784 986 1,254
Disabled, under age 65 a 13,807 7,852 4,478 1,476
Other b 6,455 6,455 . . . . . .
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, March 2018
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 62,234 100.0 80,472 1,293.06
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 51,866 83.3 69,481 1,339.62
Retirement benefits 45,876 73.7 62,575 1,364.00
Retired workers 42,814 68.8 60,365 1,409.91
Spouses of retired workers 2,371 3.8 1,743 734.89
Children of retired workers 690 1.1 468 677.38
Survivor benefits 5,990 9.6 6,906 1,152.92
Children of deceased workers 1,934 3.1 1,665 860.83
Widowed mothers and fathers 121 0.2 117 966.55
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,676 5.9 4,935 1,342.49
Disabled widow(er)s 258 0.4 188 728.81
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,187.88
Disability Insurance 10,367 16.7 10,991 1,060.15
Disabled workers 8,653 13.9 10,363 1,197.65
Spouses of disabled workers 124 0.2 42 335.51
Children of disabled workers 1,590 2.6 586 368.47
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, March 2018
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 8,195 100.0 4,775 553.43
Under 18 1,173 14.3 810 662.24
18–64 4,781 58.3 2,962 576.96
65 or older 2,240 27.3 1,003 446.55
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.