Average Social Security benefit amounts

Q: How much is the average Social Security benefit amount? 

A: The answer varies widely depending on the type of benefit. Benefits are payable through the three Social Security component programs of Old-Age (Retirement), Survivors and Disability. Within each, a variety of benefits is possible. Retirement and disability benefits could be payable to the worker based on his or her own Social Security number record as well as to eligible family members such as spouses or children. Survivor benefits are to eligible family members.  

In October 2012, the average monthly Social Security amount paid to all beneficiaries, for all types of Social Security benefits, was $1,131. 

For retirement benefits, the average worker, based on his or her individual work record, received $1,237 that month. More October 2012 data is here.  

Are you average? Estimate your own retirement amount with the SSA Retirement Planner tools, especially the Retirement Estimator. Get your online Social Security Statement for individual and family estimates for SSA retirement, survivors and disability benefits.

 

 
Type of beneficiary

Beneficiaries

Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars)

Average monthly benefit (dollars)

 

Number (thousands)

Percent

 
All beneficiaries

56,577

100.0

64,007

1,131.32

 
Old-Age Insurance    
Retired workers

36,593

64.7

45,275

1,237.28

 
Spouses

2,285

4.0

1,402

613.33

 
Children

605

1.1

366

605.30

 
Survivors Insurance    
Widow(er)s and parents a

4,212

7.4

4,900

1,163.36

 
Widowed mothers and fathers b

154

0.3

137

887.45

 
Children

1,886

3.3

1,479

784.40

 
Disability Insurance    
Disabled workers

8,802

15.6

9,780

1,111.09

 
Spouses

164

0.3

49

298.95

 
Children

1,876

3.3

619

329.96

 

 

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