Celebrate the Retirement Estimator’s fifth anniversary


By Nicole Tiggemann

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist

Special to The SUN

Hard to believe, but it’s been five years since Social Security’s Retirement Estimator debuted.

Within months of first becoming available, the online Estimator was praised as one of the best services on the Internet, and it has consistently retained its excellent rating every year.

Every year, millions of people use the Retirement Estimator. You can, too, at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. Prefer to do your business in Spanish? You can find it at www.segurosocial.gov/calculador, too.

The Retirement Estimator is a convenient, secure and quick financial planning tool that lets workers calculate how much they might expect to receive in Social Security benefits when they retire. The attractive feature of this calculator is that it uses your earnings information on file at Social Security without displaying your personal information. So you get an instant, personalized estimate of your future retirement benefits. And, it’s so easy to use.

To use the Retirement Estimator, you must have enough Social Security credits to qualify for benefits and you cannot currently be receiving benefits.

Join the celebration. Experience the popular online service now by visiting Social Security’s Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. Then, once you’ve sketched out your retirement plans, you’ll know where to go when the time comes to apply for benefits: online at www.socialsecurity.gov.