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In 2019, the average Social Security benefit for a U.S. retiree is $1,461 a month, or a little over $17,500 for the year.

Again, that's the average. Some seniors get even less. But some receive more; in fact, 2019's maximum possible payout is $3,770 per month, or more than $45,000 for the year.

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