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How Are Workers Preparing for Retirement?

How Are Workers Preparing for Retirement?

March 14, 2024

The majority of workers, young and old, are at least somewhat confident in their retirement preparations.

In general, workers seem to begin preparing for retirement almost as soon as they get their first job. However, according to the 2021 Retirement Confidence Survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), retirement preparations do vary a bit by age group.

Retirement Preparations

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of workers say that they or their spouse have personally saved money for retirement. Not surprisingly, the older the respondents were, the more likely they were to report saving:

  • Age 25 to 34: 63%
  • Age 35 to 44: 71%
  • Age 45 to 54: 75%
  • Age 55 and older: 81%

In terms of amount saved, even many of those in the younger age brackets seem to be off to a good start.

Although workers appear to be setting money aside for retirement, have they actually performed a calculation to determine how much they may need? Here's the percentage for each age group that said yes to that question:

  • Age 25 to 34: 45%
  • Age 35 to 44: 47%
  • Age 45 to 54: 48%
  • Age 55 and older: 60%

EBRI also questioned workers about other ways they could prepare for retirement. Following is a breakdown of how each age group responded.

Confidence in different aspects of retirement

Approximately seven out of 10 workers say they are very or somewhat confident in having enough money to retire comfortably. The results don't vary too much when workers were asked about their level of confidence in specific aspects of retirement (responses represent the total responding "somewhat" or "very confident").

 For more information on this year's Retirement Confidence Survey, please visit www.ebri.org.

 

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