Monthly Statistical Snapshot, September 2018

(released October 2018)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, September 2018 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 67,677 59,523 5,427 2,727
Aged 65 or older 47,719 45,461 991 1,267
Disabled, under age 65 a 13,699 7,803 4,436 1,461
Other b 6,259 6,259 . . . . . .
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 2018
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 62,662 100.0 81,560 1,301.59
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 52,449 83.7 70,673 1,347.46
Retirement benefits 46,512 74.2 63,796 1,371.62
Retired workers 43,446 69.3 61,573 1,417.22
Spouses of retired workers 2,386 3.8 1,764 739.45
Children of retired workers 680 1.1 460 676.19
Survivor benefits 5,937 9.5 6,877 1,158.21
Children of deceased workers 1,887 3.0 1,621 858.87
Widowed mothers and fathers 121 0.2 119 983.83
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,671 5.9 4,949 1,347.94
Disabled widow(er)s 256 0.4 186 727.13
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,195.43
Disability Insurance 10,213 16.3 10,887 1,066.01
Disabled workers 8,585 13.7 10,291 1,198.67
Spouses of disabled workers 120 0.2 41 340.47
Children of disabled workers 1,508 2.4 555 368.30
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, September 2018
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 8,154 100.0 4,732 551.63
Under 18 1,158 14.2 796 657.69
18–64 4,739 58.1 2,924 575.98
65 or older 2,258 27.7 1,011 446.53
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.