Once you turn 60 years old, Social Security will start sending you an estimate once per year, roughly 3 months before your birthday. But what if you are under 60 or don’t have a recent statement? You can also check online – and the website is surprisingly user friendly!
1. Go to SSA.GOV
2. Click “SIGN IN/UP”
3. Choose “my Social Security”
4. Click “Create New Account” or simply sign in
a. To register you will need
i. A valid email address
ii. Social Security number
iii. U.S. mailing address
iv. To be at least 18 years old
Once you are signed in you will see your estimated benefit at full retirement age.
Right below the benefit, there is a section to download your whole statement.
What those statements look like are broken out by age. There are 3 age groups, 25-34, 35-54, and 55 and older. Below is an example statement from the 55 and older group.
The benefit amount is shown on the 2nd page of your full statement.
The 3rd page shows your work history by year. I enjoy looking back and remembering those minimum wage bus-boy hours from high school!
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