How Much Social Security Benefits Will Rise in 2015

Payouts go up 1.7%, pushing up the average monthly check from $1,306 to $1,328.

Are Social Security benefits going up next year?

Yes, slightly. Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 1.7% cost-of-living increase in 2015, boosting the average monthly benefit for retired workers from $1,306 to $1,328. The maximum Social Security benefit for a worker retiring at full retirement age is increasing from $2,642 per month in 2014 to $2,663 per month in 2015. Full retirement age is 66 if you were born from 1943 to 1954 and gradually rises to 67 if you were born after that (see Social Security’s Full Retirement Age chart).

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Kimberly Lankford
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

As the "Ask Kim" columnist for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Lankford receives hundreds of personal finance questions from readers every month. She is the author of Rescue Your Financial Life (McGraw-Hill, 2003), The Insurance Maze: How You Can Save Money on Insurance -- and Still Get the Coverage You Need (Kaplan, 2006), Kiplinger's Ask Kim for Money Smart Solutions (Kaplan, 2007) and The Kiplinger/BBB Personal Finance Guide for Military Families. She is frequently featured as a financial expert on television and radio, including NBC's Today Show, CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio.