Social Security Benefit Information for Government Employees

Some Federal employees and employees of State or local government agencies may be eligible for pensions that are based on earnings not covered by Social Security.

If you didn't pay Social Security taxes on your government earnings and you are eligible for Social Security benefits, the formula used to figure your benefit amount may be modified, giving you a lower Social Security benefit.


If you are eligible for Social Security benefits on your own record

Note: Some government pensions do not affect your benefit amount when you apply on your own record.

Note: You can find a table that lists the amount of substantial earnings for each year at the bottom of the second page of the Windfall Elimination Provision fact sheet.


If you are eligible for Social Security benefits on your spouse's record

Note: Some government pensions do not affect your benefit on your spouse's record.



Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 8-Jan-2016