Can I Retire at 60 With $500K?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Can I retire at age 60 with $500k? This guide will show you how to retire on $500k, step-by-step. In addition, we’ll provide estimates on your retirement income at different age brackets.

If you are close to transitioning to retirement, check our Retirement Planning Guide.

If you are not close to transitioning to retirement, check out our Guaranteed Retirement Income Guide.

Use an annuity calculator to get a better idea of the retirement income generated.

This guide will answer the following questions:

  • Can I retire on $500k?
  • How long with $500,000 last in retirement?
  • Can I retire with $500,000 in savings?
  • Can I retire on $500k plus Social Security?

How to Retire on $500,000

Can I retire on $500k plus Social Security? 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 provide you a better idea of the income you could receive off a $500,000 in savings. The data will be based on:

  • Social Security Benefits will be based on couples at $3,086 total.
  • $500,000 annuity with an income rider providing a monthly income for life.
  • The starting point will be age 62 since this is the earliest age to collect SSI.

How to Retire on 500K, Starting Immediately

The table below illustrates how much monthly income can be generated immediately with a combination of annuity payments and Social Security Income (SSI).

ADDITIONAL READINGHow Much Does A $500,000 Annuity Pay?

AgeSSIAnnuityTotal
62$3,086$2,160$5,246
65$3,086$2,360$5,446
70$3,086$2,567$5,653
Total = Monthly Income for Life

How to Retire on 500k in 5 Years

The table below illustrates how much monthly income can be generated in 5 years with a combination of annuity payments and Social Security Income (SSI). If you retire in 5 years on a $500,000 annuity, your monthly income for life would be:

AgeSSIAnnuityTotal
62$3,086$3,334$6,420
65$3,086$3,637$6,723
70$3,086$3,941$7,027
Total = Monthly Income for Life

How To Retire on $500,000 At Age 60

The following guaranteed income amounts are on an annual basis and do not include Social Security Benefits.

Annuity Purchase Date Annual Income At Age 60
Age 40$52,690
Age 45$47,497
Age 50$45,095
Age 55$35,736

Living Off the Interest on $500,000

Some retirees like to withdraw interest from a fixed interest savings account like a fixed annuity or CD. For example, the interest on five hundred thousand dollars is $125,461 over 7 years with a fixed annuity, guaranteeing 3.25% annually.

Find all the current fixed annuity rates here.

How Much Income Does $500,000 Generate?

The following table will provide an estimate of how much guaranteed income a $500,000 annuity will payout, annually, for the rest of a person’s life.

AgeImmediatelyIn 5 YearsIn 10 yearsIn 20 Years
40$52,690
45$59,400
50$44,359$65,024
55$32,862$50,170$72,165
60$26,250$38,239$53,343
65$28,750$40,800$58,444
70$31,250$45,050$70,542
75$33,750$52,841

Why Use Annuities For Retirement?

Currently, annuities are the only retirement plan in the United States that provides a guaranteed income for a lifetime, even if the plan runs out of money. The annuity is basically a money management tool in retirement, taking all the guesswork in budgeting your day-to-day expenses. By utilizing this financial plan, a retiree will never have to worry about running out of money, ever.

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Keeping Up With Inflation

Some annuities offer a guaranteed lifetime income with the ability to increase regularly to keep up with inflation. Once the income increases, the payment amount is locked in and can never go backward from that point forward.

Example

A 40-year-old purchases a $500,000 annuity with a lifetime income rider to retire at age 60. At age 60, the lifetime income amount may be guaranteed $52,690 initially but hypothetically increases to $151,782 by age 67. Once the income has increased to $151,782 annually, this payment is locked in and can never go below $151,782 in the future.

On the other hand, a performance-based annuity may hypothetically generate an income of $190,674 a year for life starting at age 60, increasing to $317,305 a year by age 70. Once the income has increased to $317,305 annually, this payment is locked in and can never go below $317,305 in the future.

Things To Consider When Retiring

  • Inflation is rising whether you like it or not. Plan accordingly or decrease your lifestyle.
  • Per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, you have a 70% chance of going into a Nursing Home, Assisted Living Facility, or Home Health Care. Buy long-term care insurance now.
  • There is a 100% chance you will die, buy affordable life insurance, or at the minimum, burial insurance for funeral expenses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I retire at 60 with $500k?

Yes, you can retire at 60 with five hundred thousand dollars. At age 60, an annuity will provide a guaranteed level income of $26,250 annually starting immediately, for the rest of the insured’s lifetime. The income will stay the same and never decrease.

If the annuitant selected the increasing income option, they would receive $23,600 annually initially with the income amount increasing over time to keep up with inflation.

At age 62, you can start Social Security Benefits. Combining the two sources of income could provide a fixed income stream for the rest of your lifetime.

Either lifetime income option will continue to pay the annuitant, even after the annuity has run out of money. At the time of the annuitant’s death, the designated beneficiary will inherit the remainder of the annuity.

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

I’m a licensed financial professional focusing on annuities and insurance for more than a decade. My former role was training financial advisors, including for a Fortune Global 500 insurance company. I’ve been featured in Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, and Women’s Health Magazine.

The Annuity Expert is an online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. My goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning or find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates for you. 

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