Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Social Security Benefits for Aged Women, December 1993

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Social Security Benefits for Aged Women, December 1993

Article excerpt

The Annual Statistical Supplement to the Social Security Bulletin is the most comprehensive compendia of administrative data on Social Security programs. The program data are often used to study current Social Security issues. The economic status of older women is among the topics being addressed. From the forthcoming 1994 Supplement, we have highlighted benefit information on older women beneficiaries.

In December 1993, 18.4 million women aged 65 or older received Social Security benefits. Monthly benefits for December totaled $10.5 billion; the average benefit averaged $571 (table 1). (Table 1 omitted) About 5.1 million women were aged 80 or older.

The average monthly benefit for the 11.3 million women who had enough earnings in covered employment to qualify for retired-worker benefits was $595. These women consisted of two beneficiary groups: Worker only and dually entitled.

About 6.5 million were entitled solely as workers. Their benefit usually exceeded any benefits to which they may be entitled on a spouse's earnings record. Monthly benefits for this group averaged $579. …

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