The best way for survivors to obtain an annuity estimate is to visit the nearest RRB field office or contact the agency toll-free at 1-877-772-5772. Active or retired employees who are concerned about the amount of benefits which would be payable to their survivors may also receive estimates from an RRB field office.
The average annuity awarded to widow(er)s in fiscal year 2016, excluding remarried widow(er)s and surviving divorced spouses, was $2,086 a month. Children received $1,371 a month, on the average. Total family benefits for widow(er)s with children averaged $4,011 a month. The average annuity awarded to remarried widow(er)s or surviving divorced spouses in fiscal year 2016 was $1,173 a month.