Annual Statistical Supplement, 2014

Highlights and Trends

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

Employment and Earnings

Workers in OASDI covered employment, 2013 163.2 million
Average earnings, 2013 $43,786
Earnings required in 2014 for—  
1 quarter of coverage $1,200
Maximum of 4 quarters of coverage $4,800
Earnings test exempt amounts for 2014  
Under full retirement age for entire year $15,480
For months before reaching full retirement age in 2014 $41,400
Beginning with month of reaching full retirement age in 2014 Test eliminated

Program Data

Cost-of-living adjustment for December 2013 1.5 percent
Average monthly benefit, December 2013  
Retired workers $1,294
Widows and widowers, nondisabled $1,244
Disabled workers $1,146
Number of beneficiaries, December 2013  
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance 58.0 million
Old-Age Insurance  
Total 40.8 million
Retired workers 37.9 million
Survivors Insurance  
Total 6.2 million
Widows and widowers, nondisabled 3.9 million
Disability Insurance  
Total 11.0 million
Disabled workers 8.9 million
Benefit payments, 2013  
Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance $812.3 billion
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance $672.1 billion
Disability Insurance $140.1 billion
Administrative expenses, 2013  
Old-Age and Survivors Insurance  
Amount $3.4 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 0.5 percent
Disability Insurance  
Amount $2.8 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 2.0 percent

Program Trends

Supplemental Security Income

Annual Payment Adjustments

Monthly federal benefit rate, effective January 2014  
Individual living in his or her own household $721
Couple with both members eligible $1,082
Cost-of-living adjustment 1.5 percent

Program Data

Federally administered payments  
Benefits paid in 2013 $53.9 billion
Number of recipients, December 2013 8.4 million
Average benefit, December 2013 $529.15
Federal SSI payments  
Benefits paid in 2013 $50.6 billion
Number of recipients, December 2013 8.1 million
Average benefit, December 2013 $510.21
Federally administered state supplementation  
Benefits paid in 2013 $3.3 billion
Number of recipients, December 2013 a 2.2 million
Average benefit, December 2013 $121.48
a. Includes 2.0 million persons receiving federal SSI and state supplementation and 0.2 million persons receiving state supplementation only.

Program Trends

Health Care


Total benefits paid in calendar year 2013  
Hospital Insurance (Part A) $261.9 billion
Supplementary Medical Insurance (Part B) $313.1 billion
Number of enrollees in July 2013 (one or both of Parts A and B) 52.4 million
Aged 43.6 million
Disabled 8.8 million
Administrative costs, 2013  
Hospital Insurance  
Amount $4.3 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 1.6 percent
Supplementary Medical Insurance  
Amount $3.7 billion
As a percentage of total benefits paid 1.2 percent


Medical service expenditures in fiscal year 2012 $369.6 billion
Number of unduplicated recipients, fiscal year 2012 69.3 million
Average 2012 vendor payment per unduplicated recipient  
Persons aged 65 or older $15,350
Permanently and totally disabled persons $15,841
Dependent children under age 21 $2,089
Average 2012 vendor payment for medical services  
Nursing facility services $31,401
Inpatient general hospital care $7,732
Prescribed drugs $880
Physicians services $492

Other Social Insurance Programs and Veterans' Benefits

Unemployment Insurance

Total payments, 2012 $42.6 billion
Weekly benefit amount (regular programs) $302.67
Duration of benefits 17.0 weeks
Weekly insured unemployment 3.3 million
Covered employment 129.5 million

Workers' Compensation

Benefit payments, 2012 $61.8 billion
Compensation payments $31.0 billion
Medical and hospitalization $30.8 billion
Benefits paid by—  
Private insurance carriers $33.4 billion
State and federal funds $13.7 billion
Employers' self-insurance $14.8 billion
Covered workers per month 127.9 million
Costs as a percentage of covered payroll 1.32 percent

Temporary Disability Insurance

Average weekly benefit, 2011  
State fund $447
Private plans $924
New York  
Private plans $193
NOTE: Programs in effect in California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico, and the railroad industry.

Black Lung Benefits

Basic monthly benefit to miner or widow $631
Maximum monthly family benefit $1,263
Part B (claims filed before July 1, 1973)  
Number of monthly benefits to miners, widows, and dependents, December 2013 16,958
Total benefits paid, calendar year 2013 $139.9 million
Part C (claims filed July 1, 1973, or later)  
Total benefits paid, fiscal year 2013  
Disability and survivors benefits $164.4 million
Medical benefits $34.6 million

Veterans' Benefits

Number of veterans with disability compensation or pension, 2013  
Service-connected disability 3,734,000
Nonservice-connected disability 305,000
Monthly payment in 2014 for—  
Service-connected disability  
10 percent disability $131
Total disability $2,858
Nonservice-connected disability (maximum payment)  
Without dependent $1,054
With one dependent and in need of aid and attendance $2,085

Poverty Data

Weighted average poverty thresholds, 2013  
Individual, aged 65 or older $11,173
Couple, householder aged 65 or older $14,095
Family of four $23,836
Percentage of population with income below poverty level, 2013  
All ages 14.5 percent
Children under age 18 living in families 19.5 percent
Persons aged 65 or older 9.5 percent