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Three Things You Need to Know about Seasonal Work and Social Security

December 4, 2017 • By

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Last Updated: November 3, 2023

woman shopping Right after Halloween, stores and businesses begin advertising that they’re looking for seasonal workers. It’s a good way to make extra income during the busy holiday season. We know you may have some questions about seasonal work and how it affects your work record. Social Security is here to answer your top three questions about seasonal work.

  1. Do I earn credits toward future Social Security benefits if I get a job during the holidays?

Yes, your seasonal earnings count toward your future benefits. You earn Social Security credits when you work in a job and pay Social Security taxes. We use your total yearly earnings to figure your Social Security credits.

  1. I get Social Security benefits. Will seasonal work affect my benefits?

You can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. But if you’re younger than full retirement age, and earn more than certain amounts, your benefits will be reduced. Your benefits will increase when you reach full retirement age.

If you receive Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), special rules make it possible for people to work and still receive monthly payments. If you want to try working again, seasonal work may help you ease back into the work force. If you’re ready to work again, or would like to try this holiday season, read Working While Disabled.

  1. How do I make sure my seasonal wages are posted correctly?

Your personal my Social Security  account is the easiest and most efficient way to verify your earnings. If you don’t have an account, create one today. Your personal my Social Security account puts you in the driver’s seat of your personal record. You can view your Social Security Statement, request a replacement card, report your wages if you’re getting disability, and  more!

Remember that Social Security is here to help you secure today and tomorrow. You can find the answer to most of your questions by visiting our website.

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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Michael C.

    How can I apply online for SSI only ????????

  2. Tami J.

    I have not worked in over 10 years, I receive SSI with a total being $750.00 monthly, nut they deduct $250.00, I have tried to get Disability as I have all of the criteria to be allowed to receive the Disability, I have tried myself to do it on my own and was denied, I need to work a seasonal job, that I can do with my disability, but I truly cannot afford to lose my benefits, I started training last week, and its been on an a temporary training period, What is the total amount that I can work , the pay is $10,00 per hour and I am working part time. How many hours (providing I can do the job) may I be allowed to work?

  3. Ruth b.

    Yes, I was told that I do not have to report my wages if I do not receive SSI. Just SSD? What is this correct.

  4. Mark

    If I continue to work after age 70 and I am collecting retirement benefits will my pay payments increase?

    For example if I am 71 and work for the full calander year and my Income exceeds the max fica limit, will my benefit increase.

    If it dose not do I still have to pay fica?


  5. anita M.

    appreciate being kept up to date with any new
    developments. Thanks.

  6. Frances O.

    I am 66 and receive benefits. Can I work and if I can how much and how much can I make?

  7. Debra W.

    Not sure where to ask, but I cant find answer anywhere and I dont want to clog the phone lines with this question.

    Notification came saying a deposit was going to be available March 26th, it is the smaller (state) amount.
    *why did that come so early?
    *And why didnt the larger amount be deposited?
    Im aware of the holiday, but the holiday falls on Good Friday and or Easter on Monday.
    *Was there a specific reason for only the smaller amount and not both?

  8. Maureen

    I will be 65 in march, and I plan on working until full retirement at 66, or longer.
    Can I start receiving my sis in march? I know it will be a less amount but I need it now.
    Thank you for your service.

  9. Maureen

    I will be 65 in march. Can I start collecting my ss now instead of waiting till full retirement at 66? I plan on working until then. I know it will be less but i

  10. Maka

    In previous replies,you said there a limit one can make a month if they’re under retirement age. BUT, does THAT LIMIT INCLUDE the amount I’m earning with social security, or is that limit JUST on an outside job one holds and is paid for? Also PLEASE, when you state figures for people that Are under retirement age,state the figures for people that ARE OVER the retirement age. If I’m not wrong,there is a HUGH difference in the two age brackets. The limit should be much higher for one that’s hit their retirement age.

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