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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Maximum Benefits from Railroad Retirement and Social Security

(Posted April 27, 2013)

Question 1002: What is the absolute maximum one can draw after meeting all the requirements? I heard is was $4,000. Is that true?

Answer: According to the Railroad Retirement Board, the maximum Retirement Annuity awarded in March 2013 would be $4,628 a month. Adding a Spouse Annuity would increase the family benefits to $6,820.

As a comparison, the maximum paid by Social Security to a retired worker would be $2,414 ($3,599 with a Spouse Benefit).


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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