Monthly Statistical Snapshot, March 2017

(released April 2017)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, March 2017 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 66,366 58,108 5,516 2,741
Aged 65 or older 45,730 43,527 978 1,226
Disabled, under age 65 a 13,996 7,942 4,539 1,516
Other b 6,639 6,639 . . . . . .
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 2017
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 61,262 100.0 76,636 1,250.96
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 50,683 82.7 65,713 1,296.56
Retirement benefits 44,651 72.9 58,937 1,319.94
Retired workers 41,608 67.9 56,810 1,365.35
Spouses of retired workers 2,365 3.9 1,680 710.41
Children of retired workers 678 1.1 447 659.52
Survivor benefits 6,031 9.8 6,776 1,123.45
Children of deceased workers 1,924 3.1 1,617 840.34
Widowed mothers and fathers 127 0.2 119 938.80
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,720 6.1 4,853 1,304.52
Disabled widow(er)s 259 0.4 186 716.51
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,157.41
Disability Insurance 10,580 17.3 10,923 1,032.48
Disabled workers 8,778 14.3 10,284 1,171.52
Spouses of disabled workers 132 0.2 43 324.46
Children of disabled workers 1,669 2.7 596 357.30
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 2017
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 8,258 100.0 4,726 543.51
Under 18 1,207 14.6 819 650.78
18–64 4,847 58.7 2,937 564.63
65 or older 2,203 26.7 969 438.72
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.