The numbers on who gets Social Security benefits

AP News
Posted: Oct 10, 2010 5:05 AM
The numbers on who gets Social Security benefits

The Social Security Administration is expected to announce on Friday that retirees and disabled Americans will see no increase in benefits for 2011, the second straight year without an increase.

A look at who gets benefits:


_ Total beneficiaries: 58.7 million.

_ Social Security recipients: 53.5 million

_ Supplemental Security Income recipients: 7.9 million.

_ People who get both Social Security and SSI: 2.7 million.

_ Average monthly Social Security payment: $1,072.

_ Average monthly SSI payment: $499.

_ Social Security is the primary source of income for 64 percent of recipients.

_ One-third of recipients rely on Social Security for at least 90 percent of their income.

_ Early retirement age: 62.

_ Full retirement age: 66, rising to 67 for people born after 1959.


Source: Social Security Administration.