The Best Age for YOU to Retire

A smiling older man outside holding binoculars You may be trying to figure out what the most beneficial age is to say goodbye to your colleagues at the office. This is one of the most important and challenging decisions you’ll make in your life. When you decide to retire affects not only you, but it could have serious, long-lasting consequences for your family members, too. The answer is not the same for everybody, and I’m going to share some information that can help you make an informed decision based on your own personal situation.

If you delay receiving your Social Security until age 70, the monthly amount is 32 percent more than you would get at full retirement age.

From a Social Security standpoint, you can start getting lower benefits as early as age 62, or you can delay retirement up to age 70 for your maximum monthly benefit amount.

For example: Let’s say your full retirement age for Social Security benefits is 66, and your monthly benefit at that age is $1,000. Here’s what your monthly benefit would be, starting at different ages:

* Age 62 = $750
* Age 63 = $800
* Age 64 = $866
* Age 65 = $933
* Age 66 = $1,000
* Age 67 = $1,080
* Age 68 = $1,160
* Age 69 = $1,240
* Age 70 = $1,320

At age 62, your benefit amount is about 25 percent lower than your full benefit at age 66. If you delay receiving your Social Security until age 70, the monthly amount is 32 percent more than you would get at full retirement age. From 62 to 70, that comes to a monthly increase of $570 or $6,840 a year.

When to retire is a personal decision that you should base on factors such as your current cash needs, your health, and family longevity, whether you have other retirement income sources, and of course, your anticipated future financial needs and obligations. Remember, the average retirement will last for about 20 years, and Social Security benefits are typically adjusted annually for inflation to help maintain your standard of living. For more information, visit www.socialsecurity.gov.

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452 thoughts on “The Best Age for YOU to Retire

  1. What do I need to do if I like to collect my SS: at 66 this coming April? 2019
    What is the amount I’ll collect?
    When do I need to notify SS: if I want to receive this April?

    Thank you

  2. there is 18 years age different between my brother and his wife.if my brother reached at 66 and starts his social security, his wife also get something or she has to wait till she reach 66?

  3. My full retirement age is 66 8 months. Do I have to wait till then to retire and draw 1 year in advance.

  4. So the estimations I have been provided of benefits based on age are for age 62, 65 and my full retirement age. Are benefits increased at age 63 and age 64 at a certain time if year? If I am one month away from age 63, does my benefit increase immediately at 63, or is there a lag between birthday and increase in benefit?

    • Hi Charles. Your monthly benefit amount will be different depending on the age you start receiving it. The longer you wait, the higher the amount of the benefits. If you choose to start your benefits early, they will be reduced based on the number of months you receive benefits before you reach your full retirement age. If you wait until full retirement age, your benefits will not be reduced. Full retirement age is the age at which a person may first become entitled to full or unreduced retirement benefits. Keep in mind, however, any benefit estimates you receive assume you will work at the same rate and amount. If this changes, it may affect your estimate. To check estimates with what if scenarios such as these, use our Online Retirement Estimator. To help you plan for the future, you can use our Retirement Planner and you can also create a personal my Social Security account to verify your earnings, get your Social Security Statement, and much more. We hope this helps.

  5. If my full retirement age is 66, If I continue to work how much can I make and do I have to pay back money to Socialp security?

    • Hi Patty, thanks for using our blog. If you are divorced and currently unmarried, you may be able to receive benefits on your ex-spouse’s record if your marriage lasted 10 years or longer. Your benefit as a divorced spouse can be equal to one-half of your ex’s full retirement amount only if you start receiving those benefits at your full retirement age. If you begin to receive benefits at age 62 or prior to your full retirement age, your benefits are reduced. The reduction factors are permanently applied to all of the benefits you qualify for once you opt to start benefits at age 62 or at any time prior to your full retirement age.

      Remember, if you qualify for your own retirement benefits and for benefits as a divorced spouse, we always pay your own retirement benefits first. If your benefits as a divorced spouse are higher than your own retirement benefits, you will get a combination of benefits equaling the higher divorced spouse benefit.

      See our Retirement Planner: If You’re Divorced for other eligibility requirements and more detailed information.

      You can apply online by using our Social Security Retirement/Medicare Benefit Application to apply for retirement, spouse’s,divorced spouse’s or Medicare benefits.

  6. I want retire next Monht when I’ll be 66 for my full retirement(July 23)
    If I fill out application now,it don’t afect my complete retirement?

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