Social Security Is Worth $225,000 for a Typical Retiree
Experts Assess the Value to Retirees, Working Families, and Communities of Color
For Immediate Release: January 31,2008
Contact: Jill Braunstein at (202) 452-8097, ext. 1308
WASHINGTON, DC – For most Americans, the value of their Social Security is the biggest accumulation of dollars they will take into retirement. In fact, for two-thirds of recipients over the age of 65, Social Security is more than half of their income during retirement, according to a new report released today by the non-partisan National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).
The report, Social Security: An Essential Asset and Insurance Protection for All, details Social Security’s vital role in safeguarding Americans families and retirees, with a particular focus on groups at high risk of having inadequate incomes – older women, African American families, and the Latino community. The report synthesizes findings from research and outreach activities by twelve organizations funded by the Ford Foundation.
The average monthly benefit for retirees is $1,045 in 2007. A 65-year old who wanted to buy a guaranteed income of that size – with payments that go up with the cost of living and continue for a widowed spouse -- would need to pay an insurance company about $225,000.
And it’s not just retirees who benefit from Social Security’s protection. Although 69% of Social Security benefits go to retired persons, 17% go to disabled workers and their families, and another 14% to goes survivors.
Social Security is particularly important to retirees in communities of color.
The report is based on a July 11, 2007, meeting in New York at the Ford Foundation headquarters. The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) prepared the report. NASI is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dealing with Social Security, Medicare, and other social insurance programs. Its mission is to promote understanding and informed policymaking on social insurance through research, public education, training, and the open exchange of ideas.