Automatic Determinations

The tables below provide Social Security program amounts that are automatically adjusted each year according to formulas in the Social Security Act. Column headings link to more detail.

Social Security program amounts determined under automatic adjustment provisions, 2005-2015
Year COLA
(percent)
Average
wage index
Contribution and
benefit base
Retirement earnings test
annual exempt amounts
Lower amount Higher amount
2005 4.1 36,952.94 $90,000 $12,000$31,800
2006 3.3 38,651.41 94,200 12,48033,240
2007 2.3 40,405.48 97,500 12,96034,440
2008 5.8 41,334.97 102,000 13,56036,120
2009 0.0 40,711.61 106,800 14,16037,680
2010 0.0 41,673.83 106,800 14,16037,680
2011 3.6 42,979.61 106,800 14,16037,680
2012 1.7 44,321.67 110,100 14,64038,880
2013 1.5 44,888.16 113,700 15,12040,080
2014 1.7 117,000 15,48041,400
2015 118,500 15,72041,880

Year Dollar amounts in PIA formula Dollar amounts in maximum family benefit formula
First Second First Second Third
2005 $627 $3,779 $801 $1,156 $1,508
2006 656 3,955 838 1,210 1,578
2007 680 4,100 869 1,255 1,636
2008 711 4,288 909 1,312 1,711
2009 744 4,483 950 1,372 1,789
2010 761 4,586 972 1,403 1,830
2011 749 4,517 957 1,382 1,803
2012 767 4,624 980 1,415 1,845
2013 791 4,768 1,011 1,459 1,903
2014 816 4,917 1,042 1,505 1,962
2015 826 4,980 1,056 1,524 1,987

Year "Old-law" contribution and benefit base Earnings needed for a quarter of coverage (or "credit") Monthly substantial gainful activity amount for … Coverage thresholds for …
Blind Other
disabled
Domestic
employees
Election
workers
2005 $66,900 $920 $1,380 $830 $1,400 $1,200
2006 69,900 970 1,450 860 1,500 1,300
2007 72,600 1,000 1,500 900 1,500 1,300
2008 75,900 1,050 1,570 940 1,600 1,400
2009 79,200 1,090 1,640 980 1,700 1,500
2010 79,200 1,120 1,640 1,000 1,700 1,500
2011 79,200 1,120 1,640 1,000 1,700 1,500
2012 81,900 1,130 1,690 1,010 1,800 1,500
2013 84,300 1,160 1,740 1,040 1,800 1,600
2014 87,000 1,200 1,800 1,070 1,900 1,600
2015 88,200 1,220 1,820 1,090 1,900 1,600