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Income from Other Sources

11/28/22

Older adults also receive income from other sources, such as earnings from work, assets, and public assistance.

Income from Assets

Older adults also receive income from savings accounts, certificates of deposit, stocks and bonds, retirement accounts (such as 401(k)s and IRAs), and other investments. Income from assets takes the form of interest, dividends, rents and royalties. In 2021, the median income from financial assets, for the 68.9% of persons age 65 and older who had these assets, was $1,814 a year [Also: See Sources of Income].

 

Table. 12. Income from financial assets for persons 65+
Beneficiary group Median amount Year
Persons 65+ $1,814 2021
Persons 75+ $1,782 2021

Income from Earnings

In 2021, 22.7% of persons age 65 and older had earnings from work [See Sources of Income]. The median earnings for persons age 65 and older with earnings was $39,952 per year.

 

Table 13. Median income of persons age 65 and older with income from earnings, by age
Age Individuals, 2021
65+ $39,952
65-74 $50,516
75+ $29,101

Income from Public Assistance

Public assistance for older adults consists mainly of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and state general assistance programs. SSI is a Federal program that provides income assistance to aged, blind or disabled people who have little or no income. Information about SSI eligibility rules can be found here. Only 2.7% of people 65 and over received public assistance benefits in 2021 [See Sources of Income].

 

Table 14. Median benefit for persons age 65 and older with income from public assistance, by age
Age Individuals, 2021
65+ $6,817
65-74 $6,885
75+ $6,718

 

For More Statistics on the Income of Older Adults:

Sources

Table 12. Income from Financial Assets for Persons and Aged Units Age 65 and Older

Table 13. Median Income of Persons Age 65 and Older with Income from Earnings, by Age

 Table 14. Median Benefit for Persons Age 65 and Older with Income from Public Assistance, by Age

 

 

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