Pensions

In December 2020 a total of 2 865 056 pensions were paid, consequently an increase of 1.3% was recorded in 2020, according to the umbrella Organisation of Austrian Social Security Institutions. Of all pensions 85% came from statutory pension insurance and 11% were civil servants’ pensions. The remainder were made up of pensions paid by accident insurance (3%), and different pension benefits for war and military service victims (0.3% together).

Statutory pension insurance and civil servants’ pensions

Altogether 2 430 110 persons were in receipt of a statutory pension insurance and/or civil servants’ pension in 2020, with 14% of this number receiving two or more pensions. Amongst women there were 20% multiple recipients. This was primarily due to the receipt of a widow’s/widower’s pension in addition to a pension in one’s own right.

In total 141 699 invalidity pensions, 1 802 625 old-age pensions and 491 745 survivors’ pensions were paid from statutory pension insurance in December 2020. The total number of pensions in the statutory pension insurance rose by 1.7% in 2020. This is mainly due to a decrease in invalidity pensions (-3.6%) and to a rise in old-age pensions (+2.7%).

The monthly median pension of all old-age pensioners (without cross-national partial pensions) amounted to €2 084 for men and to €1 072 for women (gross, including supplements, without 13th and 14th month pay) in December 2020. The firstly awarded monthly old-age pension (without cross-national partial pensions) totalled €2 527 for men or €1 294 for women.

In 2020, men receiving (regular and early) old-age pension for the first time aged on average 63.2 years (2019: 63.3) and women 60.6 years (2019: 60.5), according to the Umbrella Organisation of Austrian Social Security Institutions. Invalidity pension (without rehabilitation benefit) was paid first at 54.5 or 50.4 years respectively.

In 2019, 202 499 persons received a civil servants’ pension and 24 090 persons were paid a civil servants survivors’ pension (both without double pension recipients). The monthly civil servants’ median pension (fourteenth of the annual pension, single pension recipients) amounted to €2 812 (gross) for men und €2 924 for women.

Further and to some extent more recent information and tables on the statutory pension insurance can be found on the websites of the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and consumer Protection (Bundesministeriums für Soziales, Gesundheit, Pflege und Konsumentenschutz; available in German only) as well as of the Umbrella Organisation of Austrian Social Insurance Institutions (Dachverbandes der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger; available in German only). Detailled data on pensions by gender (available in German only) as well as on disability pensions (health status) is available on the website of Statistics Austria, too.

Accident insurance

The average monthly disability pension received from accident insurance (partial und full pensions including additional pensions and supplements) was €484 (gross) for men and €296 for women in December 2020. Altogether 78 710 disability pensions and 12 738 survivors’ pensions were paid in December 2020.

Social compensation for war and military service victims

The number of pensions for war victims decreased from 95 231 in 1980 to 1 442 at the beginning of 2021. Pensions were received by 775 war victims of the resistance struggle and by 1 669 military service victims.

Please consult our German website for tables containing further information.

Results (overview): Number of pensions


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