Current Law Projections
- Why Will Poverty
Low Lifetime Earners in 2050Released: June 2013
Next expected update: Spring 2014
DEFINITION: We are defining a low lifetime earner as a Social Security beneficiary aged 60 or older who has at least 30 years of work with earnings at or above four times the amount needed for one Social Security quarterly credit and less than half of the national average wage index.
In 2050, we project that:
- More than 2 percent of beneficiaries aged 60 or older will be low lifetime earners.
- More low lifetime earners will be women and have a high-school education or less compared with all beneficiaries aged 60 or older.
- Fewer low lifetime earners will be disabled compared with all beneficiaries aged 60 or older.
- More than half of low lifetime earners will be in the lowest paying average indexed monthly earnings (AIME) quintile.a
- Two percent of low lifetime earners will have household incomes below 100 percent of poverty.