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State Retirement Pensions

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL4310, tabled on 22 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the median state pension for (1) men, and (2) women.

Answered on

6 December 2021

The median weekly amount of State Pension paid, by gender, at the end of May 2021 is shown in the below table. These show payments under the two systems: - (i) the basic State Pension (bSP) plus other components such additional State Pension (SERPS and State Second Pension) and Graduated Retirement Benefit, which operated for people who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016; and (ii) the new State Pension (nSP) system for people reaching State Pension age from that date onwards.

Please note that this does not include any payments of Pension Credit which people may be receiving in addition to their contributory State Pension.

Median weekly amount of State Pension (£) by gender, Quarter ending May 2021

Type of State Pension




Pre 2016 State Pension




New State Pension




Source: DWP, Data and Analytics, Digital Group - Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study, and other administrative data.


  1. Coverage: All cases in payment in Great Britain, plus claimants residing abroad. This excludes cases administered in Northern Ireland.
  2. This data table provides temporary estimates for May 2021. The data will be withdrawn and replaced with new data on Stat-Xplore once the Get Your State Pension (GYSP) system data have been reliably developed and tested.
  3. Table 11 of the latest published statistics provides the mean weekly amount of State Pension paid, by gender, at the end of May 2021.