Annual Statistical Supplement, 2011

Highlights and Trends

Social Security (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance)

Employment and Earnings

Workers in OASDI covered employment, 2010 156.7 million
Average earnings, 2010 $40,410
Earnings required in 2011 for—
1 quarter of coverage $1,120
Maximum of 4 quarters of coverage $4,480
Earnings test exempt amounts for 2011
Under full retirement age for entire year $14,160
For months before reaching full retirement age in 2011 $37,680
Beginning with month of reaching full retirement age in 2011 Test eliminated

Program Data

Cost-of-living adjustment for December 2010 0.0 percent
Average monthly benefit, December 2010
Retired workers $1,176
Widows and widowers, nondisabled $1,134
Disabled workers $1,068
Number of beneficiaries, December 2010
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance 54.0 million
Old-Age Insurance
Total 37.5 million
Retired workers 34.6 million
Survivors Insurance
Total 6.4 million
Widows and widowers, nondisabled 4.0 million
Disability Insurance
Total 10.2 million
Disabled workers 8.2 million
Benefit payments, 2010
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance $701.6 billion
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance $577.4 billion
Disability Insurance $124.2 billion
Administrative expenses, 2010
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance
Amount $3.5 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 0.6 percent
Disability Insurance
Amount $3.0 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 2.4 percent

Program Trends

Supplemental Security Income

Annual Payment Adjustments

Monthly federal benefit rate, effective January 2011
Individual living in his or her own household $674
Couple with both members eligible $1,011
Cost-of-living adjustment 0.0 percent

Program Data

Federally administered payments
Benefits paid in 2010 $48.2 billion
Number of recipients, December 2010 7.9 million
Average benefit, December 2010 $500.69
Federal SSI payments
Benefits paid in 2010 $44.6 billion
Number of recipients, December 2010 7.7 million
Average benefit, December 2010 $478.73
Federally administered state supplementation
Benefits paid in 2010 $3.6 billion
Number of recipients, December 2010 2.4 million a
Average benefit, December 2010 $124.29
a. Includes 2.1 million persons receiving federal SSI and state supplementation and 0.3 million persons receiving state supplementation only.

Program Trends

Health Care


Total benefits paid in calendar year 2010
Hospital Insurance (Part A) $244.5 billion
Supplementary Medical Insurance (Part B) $271.4 billion
Number of enrollees in July 2010 (one or both of Parts A and B) 47.7 million
Aged 39.6 million
Disabled 8.0 million
Administrative costs, 2010
Hospital Insurance
Amount $3.5 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 1.4 percent
Supplementary Medical Insurance
Amount $3.5 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 1.3 percent


Medical service expenditures in fiscal year 2009 $320.8 billion
Number of unduplicated recipients, fiscal year 2009 62.5 million
Average 2009 vendor payment per unduplicated recipient
Persons aged 65 or older $15,169
Permanently and totally disabled persons $15,454
Dependent children under age 21 $2,004
Average 2009 vendor payment for medical services
Nursing facility services $29,448
Inpatient general hospital care $7,021
Prescribed drugs $940
Physicians services $498

Other Social Insurance Programs and Veterans' Benefits

Unemployment Insurance

Total payments, 2009 $79.6 billion
Weekly benefit amount (regular programs) $309.60
Duration of benefits 18.8 weeks
Weekly insured unemployment 5.7 million
Covered employment 126.5 million

Workers' Compensation

Benefit payments, 2009 $58.3 billion
Compensation payments $29.4 billion
Medical and hospitalization $28.9 billion
Benefits paid by—
Private insurance carriers $30.5 billion
State and federal funds $13.7 billion
Employers' self-insurance $14.2 billion
Covered workers per month 124.9 million
Costs as a percentage of covered payroll 1.30 percent

Temporary Disability Insurance

Average weekly benefit, 2008
State fund $417
Private plans $644
New York
Private plans $195
NOTE: Programs in effect in California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, and the railroad industry.

Black Lung Benefits

Basic benefit to miner or widow $625
Maximum family benefit $1,251
Part B (claims filed before July 1, 1973)
Number of monthly benefits to miners, widows, and dependents, December 2010 25,293
Total benefits paid, calendar year 2010 $208.1 million
Part C (claims filed July 1, 1973, or later)
Total benefits paid, fiscal year 2010
Disability and survivors benefits $206.3 million
Medical benefits $31.0 million

Veterans' Benefits

Number of veterans with disability compensation or pension, 2010
Service-connected disability 3,210,000
Nonservice-connected disability 314,000
Monthly payment in 2011 for—
Service-connected disability
10 percent disability $123
Total disability $2,673
Nonservice-connected disability (maximum payment)
Without dependent $986
With one dependent and in need of aid and attendance $1,950

Poverty Data

Weighted average poverty thresholds, 2010
Individual, aged 65 or older $10,458
Couple, householder aged 65 or older $13,194
Family of four $22,314
Percentage of population with income below poverty level, 2010
All ages 15.1 percent
Children under age 18 living in families 21.4 percent
Persons aged 65 or older 9.0 percent