Earnings And Employment Data By State

Much of the Social Security information I provide is about SSA benefits being paid. Today’s information is much different.

A new report presents 2010 earnings and employment data by state and county for workers covered under the Social Security and Medicare programs. The data show, by sex and age, the number of wage and salary workers and self-employed persons, the amount of their taxable earnings, and the amount they paid in Social Security and Medicare contributions.

Note: the following links do not go directly individual state data. For each, scroll down to Tables 3 and 6.

North Dakota: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/eedata_sc/2010/nd.pdf

Minnesota: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/eedata_sc/2010/mn.pdf

South Dakota: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/eedata_sc/2010/sd.pdf

 Report Highlights:

Social Security

  • In 2010, 157.0 million workers had earnings taxable under the Social Security program. About 140.4 million had only wages, 10.4 million had only self-employment income, and 6.2 million had both.
  • Social Security taxable earnings totaled $5.320 trillion, which includes earnings up to the taxable maximum of $106,800.
  • Social Security taxes totaled about $660 billion.


  • In 2010, 161.0 million workers had earnings taxable under the Medicare program. About 143.8 million had only wages, 10.2 million had only self-employment income, and 7.1 million had both.
  • Medicare taxable earnings totaled $6.560 trillion.
  • Medicare taxes totaled about $190 billion.