Working While Retired

Retirement life is different for everyone. Social Security is here to secure today and tomorrow, whether you sail into the sunset or decide to continue working. Some of our rules allow you to receive Social Security retirement or survivor benefits and work at the same time, as long as you don’t make more than Social Security’s annual earnings limit. For 2017, that limit is $16,920.

If you’re younger than full retirement age and make more than the yearly earnings limit, we’ll reduce your Social Security benefits. But starting with the month you reach full retirement age, we will not reduce your benefits, no matter how much you earn. A retirement planner explains the requirement and deductions, and what happens after you reach full retirement age.

Online tools can help you find the information you need to make the right decision for you. You can find your full retirement age based on your date of birth by using a Retirement Age Calculator. Retirement Earnings Test Calculator can help you find out how much your benefits may be reduced if you are working and haven’t reached your full retirement age.

There are several things to consider if you plan to continue working after you retire. The Social Security website gives you detailed information about the type of employment that you have. It also explains what types of pensions, annuities, and income do not count toward your earnings limits.

Additional earnings after you start collecting benefits might increase your monthly benefit. If there’s an increase, we’ll send you a letter telling you about your new benefit amount. If you think your earnings will be different than what you originally told us, let us know right away. No matter what you decide to do with your retirement life, you can count on Social Security.

Source: SSA: blog.ssa.gov

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