A) Social Security pays retirement and spouse’s benefits the month after they are due to start. For example, if your benefit start month is May, we will pay May’s benefit in June.
The exact payment date is determined by the birthday of the retired worker.
For example, if the retired worker’s date of birth is on:
- The 1st thru 10th – we pay the benefits on the second Wednesday of the month
- The 11th thru 20th – we pay the benefits on the third Wednesday of the month
- The 21st thru 31st – we pay the benefits on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
For a calendar showing payment dates, see the Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments.