The average Social Security payment in every state

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The average Social Security benefit across the country can vary pretty widely, and that variance has as much to do with the types of benefits being received as it does how much or for how long a worker may have worked. 

Some of the factors that impact a person’s benefits include:

  • Whether they are receiving disability, retirement or survivor benefits
  • How much the worker who earned those benefits earned
  • How much additional income they may have

 Social Security benefits, also known as Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI), provides roughly a third of the income for most of the retired people who receive it  Without it, many people in the United States would struggle to survive. 

Yet as the coronavirus pandemic puts stress on Americans, some of the efforts implemented to help the economy could actually hurt Social Security beneficiaries. For example, cutting payroll taxes to 0% removes Social Security’s main revenue source and further defunds the program. 

In total, the Social Security Administration pays out benefits in the billions. In 2018, the last year for which data is available, Social Security beneficiaries received more than $84 billion in total benefits  More than two thirds of those were retired workers.

We took a look at Social Security data for 2018 and broke down the average monthly benefit received by beneficiaries in every state. These data include benefits for retirees, survivors and the disabled.

Here are the total number of recipients and the average monthly Social Security benefits in every U.S. state:

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1. Alabama

Total monthly recipients: 1,143,125 

Average monthly benefit: $1,286

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2. Alaska

Total monthly recipients: 101,402

Average monthly benefit: $1,292

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3. Arizona

Total monthly recipients: 1,349,458

Average monthly benefit: $1,386

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4. Arkansas

Total monthly recipients: 696,936

Average monthly benefit: $1,250

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5. California

Total monthly recipients:  5,962,804

Average monthly benefit: $1,330

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6. Connecticut

Total monthly recipients: 681,765

Average monthly benefit: $1,496

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7. Colorado

Total monthly recipients: 874,819

Average monthly benefit: $1,372

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8. Delaware

Total monthly recipients: 213,246

Average monthly benefit: $1,472

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9. Florida

Total monthly recipients: 4,626,156

Average monthly benefit: $1,353

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10. Georgia

Total monthly recipients: 1,830,266

Average monthly benefit: $1,317

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11. Hawaii

Total monthly recipients: 271,236

Average monthly benefit: $1,368

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12. Idaho

Total monthly recipients: 346,243

Average monthly benefit: $1,323

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13. Illinois

Total monthly recipients: 2,243,286

Average monthly benefit: $1,377

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14. Indiana

Total monthly recipients: 1,350,417

Average monthly benefit: $1,392

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15. Iowa

Total monthly recipients: 647,462

Average monthly benefit: $1,362

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16. Kansas

Total monthly recipients: 552,973

Average monthly benefit: $1,389

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17. Kentucky

Total monthly recipients: 989,575

Average monthly benefit: $1,253

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18. Louisiana

Total monthly recipients: 907,733

Average monthly benefit: $1,212

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19. Maine

Total monthly recipients: 344,482

Average monthly benefit: $1,260

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20. Maryland

Total monthly recipients: 1,001,230

Average monthly benefit: $1,438

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21. Massachusetts

Total monthly recipients: 1,273,360

Average monthly benefit: $1,382

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22. Michigan

Total monthly recipients: 2,209,084

Average monthly benefit: $1,412

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23. Minnesota

Total monthly recipients: 1,032,697

Average monthly benefit: $1,414

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24. Mississippi

Total monthly recipients: 668,877

Average monthly benefit: $1,232

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25. Missouri

Total monthly recipients: 1,293,897

Average monthly benefit: $1,322

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26. Montana

Total monthly recipients: 233,801

Average monthly benefit: $1,296

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27. Nebraska

Total monthly recipients: 345,725

Average monthly benefit: $1,357

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28. Nevada

Total monthly recipients: 536,855

Average monthly benefit: $1,347

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29. New Hampshire

Total monthly recipients: 305,855

Average monthly benefit: $1,432

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30. New Jersey

Total monthly recipients: 1,625,600

Average monthly benefit: $1,501

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31. New Mexico

Total monthly recipients: 436,551

Average monthly benefit: $1,258

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32. New York

Total monthly recipients: 3,627,340

Average monthly benefit: $1,389

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33. North Carolina

Total monthly recipients: 2,098,741

Average monthly benefit: $1,348

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34. North Dakota

Total monthly recipients: 133,773

Average monthly benefit: $1,301

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35. Ohio

Total monthly recipients: 2,356,367

Average monthly benefit: $1,320

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36. Oklahoma

Total monthly recipients: 789,288

Average monthly benefit: $1,292

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37. Oregon

Total monthly recipients: 871,988

Average monthly benefit: $1,365

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38. Pennsylvania

Total monthly recipients: 2,825,178

Average monthly benefit: $1,391

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39. Rhode Island

Total monthly recipients: 225,493

Average monthly benefit: $1,366

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40. South Carolina

Total monthly recipients: 1,143,297

Average monthly benefit: $1,356

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41. South Dakota

Total monthly recipients: 178,999

Average monthly benefit: $1,302

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42. Tennessee

Total monthly recipients: 1,452,552

Average monthly benefit: $1,315

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43. Texas

Total monthly recipients: 4,224,159

Average monthly benefit: $1,302

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44. Utah

Total monthly recipients: 406,568

Average monthly benefit: $1,375

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45. Vermont

Total monthly recipients: 150,319

Average monthly benefit: $1,357

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46. Virginia

Total monthly recipients: 1,530,417

Average monthly benefit: $1,385

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47. Washington

Total monthly recipients: 1,346,820

Average monthly benefit: $1,418

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48. West Virginia

Total monthly recipients: 475,744

Average monthly benefit: $1,289

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49. Wisconsin

Total monthly recipients: 1,233,379

Average monthly benefit: $1,395

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50. Wyoming

Total monthly recipients: 112,386

Average monthly benefit: $1,388

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What you need to know about Social Security

In 2019, an estimated 64 million Americans collected Social Security benefits, and 61% of Americans aged 60 to 70 view Social Security as an “extremely important” source of income. Nevertheless, a great deal of confusion exists around the rules and this often causes people to miss out on much needed money. Knowing how age impacts Social Security is important, but it is but a first step on a journey of education.

Increasingly, online Social Security blogs and free calculators are emerging to help people avoid costly mistakes (we believe the SimplyWise Calculator is the best). Hopefully, with better education around the topic, Americans can maximize what they’ve earned.

This article originally appeared on SimplyWise.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Constance Brinkley-Badgett is MediaFeed’s executive editor. She has more than 20 years of experience in digital, broadcast and print journalism, as well as several years of agency experience in content marketing. She has served as a digital producer at NBC Nightly News, Senior Producer at CNBC, Managing Editor at ICF Next, and as a tax reporter at Bloomberg BNA.