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 1,627 1,297
Disabled 1,360 1,104
Spouses of—
Retired workers 645 772
Disabled workers 381 348
Survivors of deceased workers
Nondisabled widow(er)s 1,227 1,394
Disabled widow(er)s 561 763
Mothers and fathers 874 1,019
SOURCE: SSA, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data.