What the Average American Receives in Monthly Social Security Benefits

Monthly payouts of Social Security benefits vary by recipient type, so here’s a breakdown of the average amount of Social Security benefits each recipient receives per month and how to estimate what you might receive.

About 72% of Social Security benefit recipients are collecting retirement benefits, either because of their own work record or the work record of their spouse or parent. 43.8 million retired workers are receiving $1,349.59 monthly; 2.4 million spouses of retired workers are receiving $700.82 monthly; and 600,000 children of retired workers are receiving $652 monthly.

About 10% of Social Security beneficiaries are receiving survivor benefits. That is, they are receiving benefits on behalf of a deceased relative or guardian. They are composed of 1.9 million children of deceased workers receiving $832.78 monthly; 100,000 widowed parents of dependent children receiving $942.62 monthly; 300,000 disabled widowers receiving $716.95 monthly; and 3.8 million non-disabled widowers receiving $1,293.24 monthly.

Last but not the least, 18% of Social Security recipients obtain disability benefits, and they are composed of 10.7 million disabled workers who receive $1,166.41 monthly; 100,000 spouses of disabled workers who receive $322.56 monthly; and 1.7 million children of disabled workers who receive $351.29 monthly.

If your Social Security disability claim has been rejected, seek out the legal assistance of an Indianapolis disability attorney at the Hankey Law Office by calling our offices today at (800) 520-3633.