Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2015
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We are aware of a methodological flaw that resulted in some errors in state-level data on the number of self-employed workers who have Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) taxable earnings, their taxable earnings amounts, and their HI contributions in Tables 4–6. Those errors likewise affected the state-level data in the “Total” columns in Tables 4 and 6. We are working toward improving the estimates but the raw data files that would enable us to do so are not yet available. At present, we advise users to interpret these data with caution.
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- In 2015, 168.4 million workers had earnings taxable under the Social Security program. About 148.7 million had only wages, 11.4 million had only self-employment income, and 8.3 million had both.
- Social Security taxable earnings totaled $6.499 trillion, which includes earnings up to the taxable maximum of $118,500.
- Social Security taxes totaled about $806 billion.
- In 2015, 172.4 million workers had earnings taxable under the Medicare program. About 151.7 million had only wages, 11.1 million had only self-employment income, and 9.5 million had both.
- Medicare taxable earnings totaled $8.096 trillion.
- Medicare taxes totaled about $235 billion.
This report presents 2015 earnings and employment data by state and county for persons covered under the Social Security and Medicare programs.
The data show, by sex and age, the number of wage and salary workers and self-employed persons, the amount of their taxable earnings, and the amount they paid in Social Security and Medicare contributions. The information in this publication is a rich data source for researchers and policymakers who are interested in studying the primary revenue source for the Social Security (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) and the Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) programs. When coupled with the Social Security Administration publication OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County, these data are valuable for studying the impact of the Social Security program and are used for this purpose in academia, private industry, and state governments.
Staff of the Office of Data Development and the Office of Statistical Analysis and Support designed, compiled, programmed, validated, and reviewed the data for this publication. Staff of the Office of Information Resources edited the report and prepared it for web publication.
Acting Associate Commissioner for Research, Evaluation, and Statistics