Money, money, money. Whether you can’t get enough of it or just want to use what you have wisely, it’s hard to go through an average day without thinking or talking about it. Statistics and data are useful in many spheres, but particularly so with money.
If you live in the U.S. and want to see how much money you’ve made in your entire life, there’s an easy way to do so.
Visit the Social Security Administration’s Account page to get started. You’ll need to create an account if you haven’t done so before, or log in to an existing account. Once that’s set up, click on Earnings. Add up the columns to see how much money you’ve ever made. Note that this is pre-tax dollars!
If you have a ton of information here, adding it all up is tedious. Instead, you should copy and paste the column into Excel or Google Sheets and use the SUM function to quickly add them all up. Since this is an official government page, it won’t count money that you haven’t reported to them. So that money you made cutting grass as a teenager isn’t included here!
Me checking how much money I've made so far this year then looking at my bank wondering where it all went. pic.twitter.com/aWTdKi826a
— Jessë (@JJvillegas95) June 22, 2017
Note that in our testing, the site appeared to be down for maintenance when trying to log in. Since this is a government website it’s not surprising, but your results may vary depending on when you access it. Not happy with your earnings number and looking to boost it? Check out micro jobs to make money in your spare time.
If you’re in Canada, you can access a similar website for Canadians.
Was your estimate of how much you’ve ever made accurate? Were you surprised by the actual amount? Share your reactions down in the comments!
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