Special Minimum Benefit Tables
To be eligible for a special minimum benefit, a person must have
at least 11 years of coverage. A person acquires a
year of coverage by having a certain
minimum amount of earnings in the year.
This form allows you to select a year from 1973 to the present. The
special minimum PIA table that became effective in the selected year
will be provided. For example, if you select 2008, you will get
the table that is effective for December 2008.
Before 1979, the special minimum PIA amounts did not increase when
benefit increases occurred. Legislation provided the PIA amounts for
January 1973, March 1974, and January 1979. Automatic benefit increases,
or cost-of-living adjustments,
first increased the PIAs beginning with June 1979. Because the last
cost-of-living adjustment became effective for December 2008, the table
effective for December 2008 is the latest benefit table.
Benefit Tables For Persons Eligible Before 1979
For persons eligible for benefits before 1979, or for deaths
prior to 1979, benefits are determined on the basis of Primary
Insurance Amounts (PIAs) given either by tables or, for years prior
to 1959, by formulas. In either case, a person's PIA depends on the
Average Monthly Wage computed on the basis of that individual's
earnings record. (For persons eligible after 1978, benefits are computed
using formulas instead of tables.)
This form allows you to select a year from 1959 to the present. The
PIA table that became effective in the selected year will be provided.
Before automatic benefit increases existed, there were years where
no benefit increase occurred. If no table became effective in the year you select,
the table which provided benefits in that year will be given.
There were no cost-of-living adjustments effective December 2009 or December 2010,
so the table effective for December 2008 remained the benefit table in effect until December 2012.