The monthly retirement benefits are paid to recipients in three waves, with all three occurring on Wednesdays and the waves of payments being divided by the birthdays of the recipients. The payments being issued on Dec. 21 will mark the second wave of checks, and are intended for Social Security recipients born on the 11th through 20th of their birth months.
The amount recipients receive from these checks will depend on various factors. To get the maximum payment of $4,194, a person must have retired at 70, while people who retired at 67 can receive a maximum check of $3,345, and anyone who retired at 62 is able to get as much as $2,364 per month, according to the Social Security Administration.
The first wave of checks are always sent out on the second Wednesday of each month to those born on the 1st through 10th of their birth months, which for this month will be Dec. 14. The third and final wave of monthly checks to be sent out this month will be for those born on the 21st through 31st of their birth months and will be sent on Dec. 28, according to the SSA calendar.
Regular Social Security payments are based on earnings throughout a person’s lifetime and have no limits based on income or resources. These checks are different from other payments distributed by the agency, such as disability insurance or Supplemental Security Income, the latter of which is set to be paid out to beneficiaries on Dec. 30.