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doubtit writes,

Social Security benefits are typically computed using "average indexed monthly earnings." This average summarizes up to 35 years of a worker's indexed earnings.

You might want to check your math - If your average earnings for the 1st 26 years you worked was indexed at less than $9000, then $9000 for the last 9 years might increase your SS benefit


The math is correct. But I'm an unusual case since I retired in 1994 at age 38 once I'd accumulated enough capital to quit working. I have 13 years where I paid maximum FICA up to 1994, and mostly zeros in every year since.

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