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 1,565 1,244
Disabled 1,320 1,069
Spouses of—
Retired workers 614 740
Disabled workers 360 333
Survivors of deceased workers
Nondisabled widow(er)s 1,179 1,344
Disabled widow(er)s 545 745
Mothers and fathers 841 987
SOURCE: SSA, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.