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Social Security Benefits Calculator

Do you wonder how much you might receive in Social Security? Use this calculator to help you estimate your Social Security benefits. Remember, this is only an estimate. Your actual benefits may vary depending on your actual work history and income.

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Social Security Benefits

Social Security may provide SOCIAL_AT_RETIRE_AMT per year.

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If you start collecting your Social Security benefits at age SOCIAL_AT_RETIRE_AGE, Social Security may provide SOCIAL_AT_RETIRE_AMT per year which is SOCIAL_AT_RETIRE_AMT_MONTHLY per month. This is SOCIAL_AT_RETIRE_PERCENT of your final year's income of HOUSEHOLD_INCOME_AT_RETIRE. Remember, this is only an estimate. Your actual benefit may be higher or lower depending on your work history and the complete compensation rules used by Social Security.

Results Summary
Current ageCURRENT_AGE
Household incomeHOUSEHOLD_INCOME
Expected salary increaseSALARY_PERCENT per year
Inflation rateINFLATION_RATE
Are you married?MARRIED
Age to begin benefitsAGE_OF_RETIREMENT
Household Income at age AGE_OF_RETIREMENTHOUSEHOLD_INCOME_AT_RETIRE
Estimated benefitSOCIAL_AT_RETIRE_AMT per year
SOCIAL_AT_RETIRE_AMT_MONTHLY per month
Estimated percent of incomeSOCIAL_AT_RETIRE_PERCENT

What if I begin benefits at a different age?

You are eligible to receive your full Social Security benefits at age SOCIAL_FULL_BENEFIT_AGE. But you can start receiving Social Security benefits as early as age 62. You can also delay your benefits until age 70. The Social Security Administration attempts to keep your lifetime benefit equal regardless of the age you begin taking benefits. Take a look at the chart below to see how this can affect your monthly benefit.


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Social Security Income

Social Security is based on a sliding scale depending on your income, how long you work and at what age you retire. Social Security benefits automatically increases each year based on increases in the Consumer Price Index. Including a spouse increases your Social Security benefits by 1.5 times your individual estimated benefit. Please note that this calculator assumes that only one of the spouses work. Benefits could be different if your spouse worked and earned a benefit higher than one half of your benefit. If you are a married couple, and both spouses work, you may need to run the calculation twice - once for each spouse and their respective income.

This calculator provides only an estimate of your benefits. The calculations use the 2008 FICA income limit of $102,000 with an annual maximum Social Security benefit of $26,220 per year for a single person and 1.5 times this amount for a married couple. To receive the maximum benefit would require earning the maximum FICA salary for nearly your entire career. You would also need to begin receiving benefits at your full retirement age of 66 or 67 (depending on your birthdate). Your actual benefit may be lower or higher depending on your work history and the complete compensation rules used by Social Security.

Current age

Your current age.

Age of retirement

Age you wish to retire.

Household Income

Your total household income. If you are married, this should include your spouse's income.

Expected salary increase

Annual percent increase you expect in your household income.

Expected rate of inflation

What you expect for the average long-term inflation rate. A common measure of inflation in the U.S. is the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which has a long-term average of 3.1% annually, from 1925 through 2007. The CPI for 2007 was 2.4%, as reported by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve.

Are you married?

Check this box if you are married. Married couples have a higher maximum Social Security benefit than single wage earners.