The most an individual who files a claim for Social Security retirement benefits in 2022 can receive per month is:
- $2,364 for someone who files at 62.
- $3,345 for someone who files at full retirement age (66 and 2 months for people born in 1955, 66 and 4 months for people born in 1956).
- $4,194 for someone who files at age 70.
(For context, the estimated average Social Security retirement benefit in 2022 is $1,657 a month. The average disability benefit is $1,358.)
Who is eligible for the maximum benefit? People whose earnings equaled or exceeded Social Security’s maximum taxable income — the amount of your earnings on which you pay Social Security taxes — for at least 35 years of their working lives. The maximum taxable income in 2022 is $147,000. The figure is adjusted annually based on changes in national wage levels, and thus the maximum benefit changes each year.
Keep in mind
The maximum benefit is not to be confused with the maximum family benefit. That’s the most a family can collectively receive from Social Security (including retirement, spousal, children’s, disability or survivor benefits) on one family member’s earnings record.
Updated December 23, 2021
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