Among retired and disabled workers who collected benefits based on their own work records, men received a higher average monthly benefit than did women. For those with benefits based on another person’s work record (spouses and survivors), women generally had higher average benefits.

Average monthly benefit (in dollars)

Beneficiary Men Women
Retired 1,671 1,337
Disabled 1,384 1,128
Spouses of—
Retired workers 673 796
Disabled workers 396 359
Survivors of deceased workers
Nondisabled widow(er)s 1,261 1,429
Disabled widow(er)s 575 776
Mothers and fathers 907 1,045
SOURCE: SSA, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.