We use your total yearly earnings to calculate your Social Security credits. The amount needed for a credit in 2023 is $1,640. You can earn up to a maximum of 4 credits per year. The amount needed to earn 1 credit automatically increases each year when average wages increase.
You must earn a certain number of credits to qualify for Social Security benefits. The number of credits you need depends on your age when you apply and the type of benefit you are applying for. No one needs more than 40 credits for any Social Security benefit.