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What Is the Average Retirement Income?

Wondering how your retirement savings stack up to other Americans' nest eggs? Or whether your income in your post-work years will be enough to keep you afloat? It's normal to be curious about the average retirement income in the U.S. Just remember that you need enough in your retiree days to meet your own needs, not to keep up with the Joneses. A financial advisor can help you create a financial plan to reach your retirement goals.

We all know that saving for retirement is the wise course of action. That's why we have Social Security, a form of forced savings that diverts income from our working years to our golden years. Social Security benefits were never designed to be Americans' sole source of retirement income, though. That's why saving for retirement, either through an employer-sponsored plan or on your own, is so important.

According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security benefits make up about a third of the income of the elderly. In general, single people depend more heavily on Social Security checks than do married people. In 2023, the average monthly retirement income from Social Security is $1,827.

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