En español | Your earned income will not affect your wife's retirement benefits if she has claimed on her own work record. If she is receiving a spouse benefit, the fact that you made more than $15,120 will not affect her monthly benefit amount either. If the last few years of your career were some of the highest earnings years, your benefit – and her spouse benefit – likely will increase because your benefit amount is determined by the highest-earning 35 years of your career.
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