Can You Retire at 62 with $400,000 in 401k?

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Understanding Retirement with a 401k at 62

  • Annuity Options: With $400,000 in a 401k, you have options. Buying an annuity can provide a steady income. If purchased at 62, you might receive around $28,150 annually. However, waiting until 65 increases this to approximately $36,852 per year.
  • Social Security Benefits: Social Security payments can begin at 62. The amount will be less than if you wait until full retirement age.
  • Health Insurance Considerations: Prior to Medicare eligibility at 65, you’ll need private health insurance, an additional expense to plan for.

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Key Factors to Consider

  1. Living Expenses: Assess your monthly and yearly living costs. Can the annuity and Social Security cover these?
  2. Inflation Impact: Over time, inflation can reduce the purchasing power of fixed incomes like annuities and Social Security.
  3. Healthcare Costs: Private health insurance can be costly. Ensure your budget accounts for this until Medicare begins.
  4. Lifestyle and Leisure: Consider extra expenses for travel, hobbies, and leisure activities.
  5. Emergency Fund: Keep a reserve for unexpected expenses, such as home repairs or medical emergencies.


Retiring at 62 with $400,000 in a 401k is feasible but requires careful planning. Consider annuities, Social Security timing, and healthcare costs. Ensure your income streams cover your living expenses, accounting for inflation and emergencies. A satisfying retirement experience is about balancing financial security with the lifestyle you desire.

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Questions From Our Readers

Are 401(k) plans only available through employers?

Yes, 401(k) plans are typically offered as part of an employer’s benefits package. They allow employees to save and invest a portion of their paycheck before taxes are taken out. While individuals cannot open a 401(k) on their own since these plans must be established by employers, self-employed individuals can set up a solo 401(k) plan.

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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