2020 FICA Increase

The Social Security wage base has increased from $132,900 to $137,700 for 2020, which increases the maximum individual contribution by $297.60.

  • The Medicare tax rate for 2020 remains at 1.45% of all covered earnings for employers and employees.
  • The Additional Medicare Tax of 0.9% applies to earned income of more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples filing jointly).
  • Employers are required to withhold the additional 0.9% on covered wages in excess of $200,000, but there is no employer matching contribution.

2019 vs. 2020
Social Security and Medicare Contributions

Social security tax rate for employers 6.20% 6.20% 0
Social security tax rate for employees 6.20% 6.20% 0
Social security wage base $132,900 $137,700 $4,800
Maximum social security tax for employees $8,239.80 $8,537.40 $297
Medicare tax rate for employers 1.45% 1.45% 0
Medicare tax rate for employees 1.45% 1.45% 0
Medicare tax rate on employee’s wages over $200,000* 2.35% 2.35% 0
Medicare wage base No Limit No Limit N/A

*Employers are required to withhold an additional 0.9% from employee wages in excess of $200,000, but there is not a matching increase on the employer contribution.

View the 2020 Social Security Administration Fact Sheet here.

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06 January 2020

2020 Updates