Can You Retire On 2 Million Dollars?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Can you retire on 2 million dollars? This guide will tell you how to retire on 2 million dollars for the rest of your life, guaranteed. 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:

  • Is 2 million enough to retire?
  • Is 2 million enough to retire at 65?
  • Can I retire at 40 with $2 million?
  • Can I retire at 50 with 2 million dollars?
  • How long will 2 million last in retirement?
  • Can I retire at 55 with $2 million?
  • Can my wife and I retire on 2 million dollars?
  • How much income can I receive from 2 million dollars?
  • What’s the monthly interest on 2 million dollars?

Is 2 Million Enough to Retire?

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 $2,000,000 in savings. The data will be based on:

  • Social Security Benefits will be based on couples at $3,086 total.
  • $2,000,000 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 2 Million Dollars, Immediately

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

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AgeSSIAnnuityTotal
62$3,086$9,000$12,086
65$3,086$9,500$12,586
70$3,086$9,916$13,002
Total = Monthly Income for Life

Can You Retire on 2 Million Dollars 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 $2,000,000 annuity, your monthly income for life would be:

AgeSSIAnnuityTotal
62$3,086$12,746$15,832
65$3,086$13,500$16,586
70$3,086$15,044$18,130
Total = Monthly Income for Life

Living Off the Monthly Interest on 2 Million Dollars

Some retirees like to withdraw interest from a fixed interest savings account like a fixed annuity or CD. For example, the interest on two million dollars is $501,845.11 over 7 years with a fixed annuity, guaranteeing 3.25% annually.

Find all the current fixed annuity rates here.

How To Retire On $2 Million By Age

The following guaranteed income amounts are on an annual basis for the rest of your life and do not include Social Security Benefits.

Retire at 50 with $2 Million

Annuity Purchase DateAnnual Income At 50
Age 40$151,038
Age 45$112,625
Age 50$68,250

Retire at 55 with $2 Million

Annuity Purchase DateAnnual Income At 55
Age 40$164,454
Age 45$163,156
Age 50$122,499
Age 55$80,000

Retire at 60 with $2 Million

Annuity Purchase DateAnnual Income At 60
Age 40$210,760
Age 45$189,988
Age 50$177,438
Age 55$132,064

How Much Does $2 Million Payout?

The following table will provide an estimate of how much guaranteed income a $2,000,000 annuity will payout, annually, for the rest of a person’s life.

AgeImmediatelyIn 5 YearsIn 10 yearsIn 20 Years
40$210,760
45$237,600
50$177,438$260,096
55$131,448$200,680$288,660
60$105,000$152,956$213,372
65$57,500$163,200$233,778
70$125,000$180,200$282,168
75$135,000$211,364

Why Annuities?

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.

Annuity Basics

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Understanding Lifetime Income Riders

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Can A Couple Retire On 2 Million Dollars?

Yes. Annuities provide an income option to pay a guaranteed amount each month for two lives. Once the first spouse dies, the annuity will continue to pay the same or a reduced amount for the rest of the surviving spouse’s lifetime.

Estimate Your Retirement Income Payments

Take advantage of 17 different annuity calculators to generate estimates, then request a quote.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I retire at 40 with $2 million?

Yes, you can retire at 40 with 2 million dollars. At age 40, an immediate annuity will provide a guaranteed level income of $68,415.36 annually for a life-only payout, $68,303.28 annually for a life with a 10-year period certain payout, and $67,871.40 annually for a life with a 20-year period certain payout. Payouts change frequently and vary by state.

Can I retire at 45 with $2 million?

Yes, you can retire at 45 with 2 million dollars. At age 45, an immediate annuity will provide a guaranteed level income of $73,259.04 annually for a life-only payout, $73,075.80 annually for a life with a 10-year period certain payout, and $72,345.48 annually for a life with a 20-year period certain payout. Payouts change frequently and vary by state.

Can I retire at 50 with $2 million?

Yes, you can retire at 50 with 2 million dollars. At age 50, an annuity will provide a guaranteed level income of $79,200 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 $70,800 annually initially with the income amount increasing over time to keep up with inflation.

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.

Can I retire at 55 with $2 million?

Yes, you can retire at 55 with 2 million dollars. At age 55, an annuity will provide a guaranteed level income of $84,000 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 $82,600 annually initially with the income amount increasing overtime to keep up with inflation.

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.

Can a couple retire on 2 million dollars?

Yes, a couple can retire on two million dollars. Annuities can provide a guaranteed income for both spouses’ lifetimes. After researching 326 annuity products from 57 insurance companies, our data calculated that $2,000,000 would generate $95,000 annually starting immediately if both spouses were age 60, $108,900 if both spouses were age 65, and $114,400 if both spouses were age 70.

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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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