According to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, no social program does more for the American public than Social Security. Yet, there’s always debate over just how much Social Security actually does for the average retired worker. After all, in September 2018, the average retired worker was bringing home just $1,417.22 a month, or a little over $17,000 a year, based on data from the Social Security Administration. That doesn’t seem like a lot of money considering that many of these workers potentially paid into the system for three, four, or even five decades. Read on to find out why you're probably getting your money’s worth from Social Security.