Learn how to report your wages to keep Social Security informed about your work and how much money you are making.

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How to Report Your Wages

To prevent overpayments from Social Security, you should regularly report your wages within six days of the end of the month. You can report your wages by mailing or bringing pay stubs to your local Social Security office. Find an office near you by visiting the Social Security office locator.

If you decide to report your earnings by mail, you may want to use "certified" mail to protect the security of your information and ensure that it arrives at Social Security. Note there is a cost to send certified mail and Social Security does not require you to use it.

If you receive SSDI and/or SSI payments or are the representative payee for someone receiving SSDI and/or SSI, you may also be able to report wages through the my Social Security online wage reporting service. If you are the spouse, parent, or sponsor of someone receiving SSI, you may also report your wages online. To reports wages online, you must have your own my Social Security account.

SSI recipients and the spouse, parent(s), sponsor(s), and representative payees of SSI recipients may still report wages by the telephone or mobile app. Contact your local Social Security office to determine what options are available to you.

  • Telephone - Social Security representatives are available to talk about your wage reports from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. toll free at 800-772-1213 or 800-325-0778 (TTY).
  • Mobile app - If you have a smartphone, Social Security's SSI mobile wage reporting app provides easy ways to report your wages.

Regardless of which method you use to report wages, if you receive SSI, you can sign up online to receive a monthly e-mail or text message wage reporting reminder. To sign up online, select "Sign up, here!" and enter the requested information.

If you receive both SSI and SSDI, when you report your earnings, it may be helpful for you to make two copies of your information; one copy for Social Security staff who handle the SSDI program and another copy for staff who handle the SSI program. You are not required to do this, but if you decide to, having two copies of your wage information may make it easier for Social Security to process your wages.

Be sure to keep records, such as pay stubs, pay records and bank statements, to verify your earnings if needed in the future. Refer to this chart for more information about what you must report - either as earnings from work or other income.