We want you to hear us say this: It's never too late to get started saving for retirement. No matter how old you are or how much (or how little) you have saved so far, there's always something you can do. You can't change the past, but you can still change your future.
There's Still Plenty of Time
Starting your retirement savings at 40 might mean that you need to push off your retirement plans a bit. But it doesn't mean you won't have a retirement to look forward to. The key is to avoid procrastinating any longer.
Retirement experts have offered various rules of thumb about how much you need to save: somewhere near $1 million, 80% to 90% of your annual pre-retirement income, 12 times your pre-retirement salary.
Yes, you can! The average monthly Social Security Income check-in 2021 is $1,543 per person. In the tables below, we'll use an annuity with a lifetime income rider coupled with SSI to give you a better idea of the income you could receive from $500,000 in savings.
Join the club. The average 35-year-old doesn't have $105,000 saved either. The median retirement account balance is $60,000 for the 35-44 age group, according to the Federal Reserve's 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances.
In fact, if you sock away $400 a month over a 43-year period, and your invested savings generate an average annual 10.5% return, then you'll end up with $3.3 million. And that should be enough money to enjoy retirement to the fullest.
In fact, according to retirement-plan provider Fidelity Investments, you should have 6 times your income saved by age 50 in order to leave the workforce at 67.
Net Worth at Age 40
By age 40, your goal is to have a net worth of two times your annual salary. So, if your salary edges up to $80,000 in your 30s, then by age 40 you should strive for a net worth of $160,000. Additionally, it's not just contributing to retirement that helps you build your net worth.
By the time you are 35, you should have at least 4X your annual expenses saved up. Alternatively, you should have at least 4X your annual expenses as your net worth. In other words, if you spend $60,000 a year to live at age 35, you should have at least $240,000 in savings or have at least a $240,000 net worth.
Fast answer: A general rule of thumb is to have one times your annual income saved by age 30, three times by 40, and so on.
At age 50, you can start making extra contributions to your tax-sheltered retirement accounts (called catch-up contributions). Younger workers can only contribute $19,500 to their 401(k)s and $6,000 to their IRAs in 2021. But Americans aged 50 and up can contribute up to $26,000 in a 401(k) and up to $7,000 in an IRA.
One suggestion is to have saved five or six times your annual salary by age 50 in order to retire in your mid-60s. For example, if you make $60,000 a year, that would mean having $300,000 to $360,000 in your retirement account. It's important to understand that this is a broad, ballpark, recommended figure.
By age 25, you should have saved at least 0.5X your annual expenses. The more the better. In other words, if you spend $50,000 a year, you should have about $25,000 in savings. If you spend $100,000 a year, you should have at least $50,000 in savings.
Can I Retire at 62 with 300k? In short, it's possible, but, first, you'll need to know how much pension and other passive income you'll be getting. Once you add all your passive income sources, and your pension, you can then work with a financial advisor to come up with an appropriate withdrawal rate for your 300k.
If you have $500,000 in savings, according to the 4% rule, you will have access to roughly $20,000 per year for 30 years. Retiring abroad in a country in South America may be more affordable in the long term than retiring in Europe.
That means that even if you're not one of those lucky few who have $1 million or more socked away, you can still retire well, so long as you keep your monthly budget under $3,000 a month.
Saving 15% of income per year (including any employer contributions) is an appropriate savings level for many people. Having one to one-and-a-half times your income saved for retirement by age 35 is an attainable target for someone who starts saving at age 25.
If you choose a 70 20 10 budget, you would allocate 70% of your monthly income to spending, 20% to saving, and 10% to giving. (Debt payoff may be included in or replace the “giving” category if that applies to you.) Let's break down how the 70-20-10 budget could work for your life.