Pensions

In December 2019 a total of 2 829 221 pensions were paid, consequently an increase of 1.2% was recorded in 2019, according to the umbrella Organisation of Austrian Social Security Institutions. Of all pensions 85% came from statutory pension insurance and 12% 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 (0.4% together).

Statutory pension insurance and civil servants’ pensions

Altogether 2 390 730 persons were in receipt of a civil servants’ and/or statutory pension insurance pension in 2019, with 14% of this number receiving two or more pensions. Amongst women there were 21% 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 146 999 invalidity pensions, 1 755 172 old-age pensions and 493 993 survivors’ pensions were paid from statutory pension insurance in December 2019. The total number of pensions in the statutory pension insurance rose by 1.4% in 2019. This is mainly due to a decrease in invalidity pensions (-3.9%) – because of changes in public pension insurance law - and to a rise in old-age pensions (+2.4%).

The average monthly pension of all old-age pensioners (without cross-national partial pensions) amounted to €2 022 for men and to €1 167 for women (gross, including supplements, without 13th and 14th month pay) in December 2019. The firstly awarded monthly old-age pension (without cross-national partial pensions) averaged to €2 278 for men or €1 381 for women.

In 2019, men receiving (regular and early) old-age pension for the first time aged on average 63.3 years (2018: 63.2) and women 60.5 years (2018: 60.4), according to the Umbrella Organisation of Austrian Social Security Institutions. Invalidity pension (without rehabilitation benefit) was paid first at 55.0 or 51.4 years respectively.

In 2018, 199 355 persons received a civil servants’ pension and 24 383 persons were paid a civil servants survivors’ pension (without double pension recipients). The average monthly civil servants’ pension (fourteenth of the annual pension, single pension recipients) amounted to €3 069 (gross) for men und €2 916 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 €471 (gross) for men and €286 for women in December 2019. Altogether 80 229 disability pensions and 13 101 survivors’ pensions were paid in December 2019.

Social compensation for war and military service victims

The number of pensions for war victims decreased from 95 231 in 1980 to 2 348 at the beginning of 2019. Pensions were received by 917 war victims of the resistance struggle and by 1 694 military service victims.

Please consult our German website for tables containing further information.

Results (overview): Number of pensions


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