Work for a state or local government agency, including a school system, college or university, may or may not be covered by Social Security.

If you are covered by both your state or local pension plan and Social Security, you pay Social Security and Medicare taxes just as you would for any other Social Security covered job. You will see your earnings on your record.

If you are covered only by your state or local pension plan,

  • You don't pay Social Security taxes and your earnings won't be on your Social Security record. (Your record will, however, show your Medicare wages if you pay into that program.)