Big Changes to Social Security Benefits in 2024: What You Need to Know

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Hey Hustlers! Big news from the Social Security Administration (SSA) is on the horizon for 2024. If you rely on Social Security benefits or plan to apply soon, it’s crucial to stay informed about the upcoming changes. Let’s dive into what you need to know to navigate these updates effectively.

Elderly couple reviewing Social Security benefit changes for 2024 on a laptop at home.
Elderly couple focused on understanding the 2024 changes in Social Security benefits.


In 2024, Social Security benefits will see significant changes, including a 3.2% COLA increase, adjustments to the earnings test limit, and revised full retirement age stipulations. Key highlights:

  • 3.2% COLA Increase: Monthly benefits will rise by an average of $50.
  • Earnings Test Limit: Raised to $22,320.
  • Full Retirement Age Adjustments: Varying by birth year, impacting eligibility.

Social Security COLA Increase

One of the most anticipated changes for 2024 is the Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA). This year, beneficiaries will see a 3.2% increase in their monthly payments. On average, this translates to an additional $50 per month, boosting the average retirement benefit from $1,848 to $1,907.

Table 1: Monthly Benefit Increase Due to COLA

YearAverage Monthly BenefitIncrease (%)New Average Monthly Benefit

Adjustments to the Earnings Test Limit

The earnings test limit is also getting an update. In 2024, the limit is set to $22,320, up from $21,240 in 2023. This means if you’re under full retirement age and still working while collecting Social Security, you can earn up to this amount without affecting your benefits.

Table 2: Earnings Test Limits Over the Years

YearEarnings Test Limit

Full Retirement Age Stipulations

Full retirement age (FRA) is another critical factor that will see changes in 2024. Your FRA depends on your birth year. For instance, if you were born in 1958, your FRA is now 66 years and 8 months, which is two months later than those born in 1957.

Tax Implications for High Earners

High earners will notice an increase in Social Security taxes as well. The wage base for 2024 is $168,600, up from $160,200. Consequently, the maximum Social Security tax has risen from $9,932 to $10,453.

Impact on SSI and Medicare

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will see their federal benefit rate increase to $943 per month for individuals and $1,415 for couples. Additionally, the monthly premium for Medicare Part A will be $505, and for Part B, it will start at $174.70, varying based on income.


What is the COLA increase for 2024?

The COLA increase for 2024 is 3.2%, which adds approximately $50 to the average monthly benefit.

How does the earnings test limit change in 2024?

The earnings test limit for 2024 is $22,320, up from $21,240 in 2023.

What is the new full retirement age for those born in 1958? 

For individuals born in 1958, the full retirement age is 66 years and 8 months.

How much has the Social Security tax wage base increased?

The wage base for Social Security tax in 2024 is $168,600.

What are the new SSI federal benefit rates?

The new SSI federal benefit rate for 2024 is $943 for individuals and $1,415 for couples.

What are the Medicare Part A and Part B premiums for 2024?

The Medicare Part A premium is $505, and Part B starts at $174.70, varying with income.

Where can I find more detailed information on these changes?

Detailed information can be found on the SSA’s official website here.


These changes reflect the SSA’s efforts to adjust benefits and eligibility criteria to meet current economic conditions. Stay informed, Hustlers, and make sure to plan accordingly for these updates in 2024. For more details, visit HustleHub.

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