When you work as an employee, your wages are generally covered by Social Security and by Medicare.

  • Your employer reports your earnings to Social Security at the same time he or she gives you your W-2 form for filing your income tax return. In fact, the employer's "report" is a copy of that W-2 form.

  • Because of the more than 250 million wage reports we must record, your earnings for last year may not show up on your record until late in the current year.

  • We process earnings by employer reports, not by individual persons.

    If you worked for more than one employer during the year, we won't be posting your total earnings for the year all at one time. Your earnings from each employer will be added to your record when we process that employer's report.