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What Did You Earn At Your First Job? Social Security Can Tell You

July 8, 2021 • By

Last Updated: July 20, 2021

What did you earn at your first job? Social Security can tell youEver wonder what you earned the year you worked your first job? Or perhaps any other year you worked? We can tell you. Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your future Social Security benefits. We keep track of your earnings so we can pay you the benefits you’ve earned over your lifetime. This is why reviewing your Social Security earnings record is so important.

While it’s your employer’s responsibility to provide accurate earnings information to us, you should still review your earnings history and inform us of any errors or omissions. This is so you get credit for the contributions you’ve made through payroll taxes. You’re the only person who can look at your lifetime earnings record and verify that it’s complete and correct. If an employer didn’t properly report even just one year of your earnings to us, your future benefit payments could be less than they should be. Over the course of a lifetime, that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in retirement or other benefits to which you are entitled. It’s important to identify and report errors as soon as possible. As time passes, you may no longer have easy access to past tax documents. Also, some employers may no longer exist or be able to provide past payroll information.

The easiest way to verify your earnings record is to set up or sign in to your personal my Social Security account. You should review each year of listed earnings carefully and confirm them using your own records, such as W-2s and tax returns. Keep in mind that earnings from this year and last year may not be listed yet.

You can find out how to correct your Social Security earnings record by reading our publication, How to Correct Your Social Security Earnings Record.

Let your friends and family know they can access important information like this any time on our website—and do much of their business with us online.


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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. cast a.

    MY first job i had was very interesting. it was a very long time ago. i wish there were jobs like that today. i had that job for 10 years. how time has changed for the elderly who still are able to work.
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  2. romy d.

    my first job was so long ago pffffftttttttt and it’s gone like a blur…..remember that when you turn 65 lolololololololololol

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  3. Sandra

    Do we need to add any bank statement records as well? I am a freelance writer engaged with a Dubai based <desert safari tour company so how that will be counted? Also can we add any financial records for the payment received in paypal?

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    MY first job i had was very interesting. it was a very long time ago. i wish there were jobs like that today. i had that job for 10 years. how time has changed for the elderly who still are able to work.

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