Monthly Statistical Snapshot, January 2020

(released February 2020)

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Table 1. Number of people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, January 2020 (in thousands)
Type of beneficiary Total Social Security only SSI only Both Social Security and SSI
All beneficiaries 69,178 61,138 5,368 2,671
Aged 65 or older 49,730 47,435 1,007 1,288
Disabled, under age 65 a 13,379 7,635 4,362 1,383
Other b 6,069 6,069 . . . . . .
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, January 2020
Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
Total 64,217 100.0 88,888 1,384.19
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 54,310 84.6 77,769 1,431.97
Retirement benefits 48,416 75.4 70,586 1,457.91
Retired workers 45,283 70.5 68,173 1,505.50
Spouses of retired workers 2,426 3.8 1,908 786.51
Children of retired workers 707 1.1 505 713.94
Survivor benefits 5,893 9.2 7,183 1,218.84
Children of deceased workers 1,928 3.0 1,741 903.04
Widowed mothers and fathers 109 0.2 111 1,021.38
Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,610 5.6 5,143 1,424.66
Disabled widow(er)s 246 0.4 187 759.95
Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,273.74
Disability Insurance 9,907 15.4 11,119 1,122.29
Disabled workers 8,360 13.0 10,516 1,257.88
Spouses of disabled workers 112 0.2 40 361.83
Children of disabled workers 1,435 2.2 562 391.75
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, January 2020
Age Recipients Total payments a (millions of dollars) Average monthly payment b (dollars)
Number (thousands) Percent
All recipients 8,039 100.0 4,819 574.83
Under 18 1,119 13.9 790 680.05
18–64 4,625 57.5 2,958 603.44
65 or older 2,295 28.5 1,071 466.04
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.