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What is included as "total earnings" when computing the AME or AIME?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

713. What is included as "total earnings" when computing the AME or AIME?

In computing your AME or AIME, we include the following as total earnings (subject to the yearly limits in §714):

  1. Wages covered by Social Security and paid during the computation period;

  2. Self-employment income covered by Social Security and allocated to this period;

  3. Military service wage credits;

  4. Railroad compensation creditable for Social Security purposes; and

  5. Deemed wages if you were interned in the U.S. during World War II.

We may not count earnings from employment or self-employment not covered by Social Security in computing your AME.

Last Revised: Sep. 22, 2003

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