401(k) plans are essential investments workers should look after during their work life. It has been a real challenge for those who have a retirementplan to make contributions. There have been several economic crises and now there might be a recession. Regardless of the situation, workers need to keep up with the pace so as to have enough money for retirement.
Interest rates are not making it easy either for those who have a mortgageand a 401(k) plan. Luckily, for those who are going to enjoy retirement plan balances have kept going up. According to a report from Vanguard called “How America Saves 2022“.The average 401(k) plan balance was a bit more than 86,200 dollars 11 years ago. That is much less than the nearly 129,157 dollars three years ago.
What was the average 401(k) plan balance in 2021?
According to Vanguard, it was approximately 141,542 dollars in that year. Many people are concerned about the changes the market may have. Nonetheless, it is advisable to focus on the long run. Do not see your goal as today or next week, keep making your 401(k) as large as possible. In this way, you could face inflation and other factors.
Obviously, if you are under twenty five and you have just started working, your balance is not going to be that high. On average, this age group has managed to save a bit more than 6,260 dollars. If we compare this group, with the following age group, there is a big difference. Here we can see that those between the ages of 25 and 34 have saved on average $37,211.
How much have those who are about to retire managed to save on average for their 401(k) plans?
Those who are between the ages of 55 to 64 have on average 256,244 dollars according to Vanguard’s report. the worrying thing about it is the median 401(k) balance. This median shows that many workers have only managed to get as much as $89,716. Then, it might not be enough to cope with inflation and soaring prices.
Hopefully, those who have not managed to save that much have other sources of income, savings, or investments. Those at the age of 65 have $279,997 on average. If you belong to the 35-44 group, you may have on average about $97,000, and $179,000 for the 45-54 age group. So, keep saving to make the most of your 401(k) plan.