Can I Retire At 55 - 300k, 500k, 700k How Much Is Enough? (2024)

After spending most of our lives working, it’s normal to start to ask ourselves questions like, when can I retire? Do I have enough in my pension? Can I retire at 55?

Retiring at 55 is a genuine possibility for some people. To retire at 55 is a goal that many people share, it allows you to enjoy life whilst you are still young, fit and healthy.

Whilst early retirement isn’t for everyone, anyone can do it.

In the UK, you don’t need to wait until the state pension age to retire. Providing you have enough in your savings and pension pot to fund your retirement lifestyle. You can retire at age 55. This is a viable option at age 55 because we are generally able to access our pension pot (rising to age 57 from 6 April 2028).

If you want to retire early, it’s important you have enough in your pension pot for a comfortable lifestyle. To find out if you can retire at 55, receive retirement planning advice as soon as you can. You might be able to retire much sooner than you think.

How much do I need to retire at 55?

This is the million-pound question for anyone considering early retirement. Is my pension pot enough for me to retire early? How much retirement income do I need per year? Can I already afford a comfortable retirement?

Under current legislation, you can generally access your pension pot when you reach 55, but that doesn’t always mean you should.

Your pension pot needs to cover you for as long as you’ll be around — the last thing you want is for it to run out, especially if you’ve unexpected costs and care fees.

According to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, the average retired couple in the UK spends £59,000 per year to have a comfortable retirement. For individuals, the figure is £43,100.

Given that the average UK life expectancy is currently 82.6 for women and 78.6 for men – making a combined average life expectancy of 81 in the UK – here are some calculations for you, if you plan to retire at 55.

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These are example figures and don’t include the effects of inflation, state pension or any growth in the pension pot.

Taking this research as a benchmark, you’d need £1,534,000 to be able to spend £59,000 a year from 55 to the combined average UK life expectancy of 81.

However, it’s worth remembering that these are national averages and include London living, which inflates both costs and spending power and may not accurately describe your situation.

Knowing what lifestyle you want to have will help you and your financial adviser work out how much money you need to retire comfortably at 55.

Whatever you budget for, our Independent Financial Advisers will want to make sure you’ve plenty left in your pension pot. So you know you’re not going to run out early and to cover you in case of having any unexpected expenditure.

Can I retire at 55 with £300k?

On average for a comfortable retirement, an individual will spend £43,100 a year, whilst the average couple in retirement spends £59,000 a year. This means if you retire at 55 with £300k, an individual will run out of funds in approximately 7 years, and a couple in 5years.

So, on paper, it doesn’t look like enough. But your motives and goals in retirement are likely completely different from the next person.

Only you know what you want to do in retirement. £300k might be perfectly adequate for your needs.

If you’re hoping to retire early on £300k, you need to understand how your lifestyle can look, then you can figure out the costings.

To properlyplan for retirement, you need to do more than just have a specific amount in mind. You need to focus on what you want that amount to do for you.

Great lifestyle financial planning is about moving money around your timeline, so it’s in the right place when you need it and helps you achieve the lifestyle you want. And remember it’s about factoring in all your assets, not just what’s in your pension pot.

Can I retire at 55 with £500k in the UK?

On average for a comfortable retirement, an individual will spend £43,100 a year, whilst the average couple in retirement spends £59,000 a year. This means, if you retire at 55, £500k will fund an individual for 12 years and a couple for 8 years.

But let’s look at things at little deeper.

The figure above represents an average. Average spend, average life span. So everyone’s personal circ*mstances will be different.

If you’re frugal, you may stretch your money further. And if you’re fit, healthy and live longer than average, you may need more in your pot.

If you want to have a lavish retirement, with regular holidays and money for hobbies, you might need to save a little more.

It’s important to remember that, with inflation, those average spend figures may go up. Also, that if you require care in your later years, your spend will grow considerably.

Put simply, £500k could be enough for a comfortable retirement at 55 in the UK. But it depends on your desired lifestyle, how long you live, and where you spend your later life.

Great lifestyle financial planning is about moving money around your timeline, so it’s in the right place when you need it and helps you achieve the lifestyle you want. And remember it’s about factoring in all your assets, not just what’s in your pension pot.

Can I retire with £700K?

On average for a comfortable retirement, an individual will spend £43,100 a year, whilst the average couple in retirement spends £59,000 a year. This means, if you retire at 55, £700k will fund an individual for 16 years and a couple for 12 years.

It’s important to remember that, with inflation, those average spend figures are likely to increase over time. Also, that if you require care in your later years, your spend will grow considerably.

Great lifestyle financial planning is about moving money around your timeline, so it’s in the right place when you need it and helps you achieve the lifestyle you want. And remember it’s about factoring in all your assets, not just what’s in your pension pot.

Will I need savings to retire?

Knowing you’ve money in the bank is going to make retiring early much easier. Like anything, you’re best to start saving early. Even if you save £600 a month for ten years, without interest, you’d have £72,000 ready for you to dip into when you need it. One of the common ways to fund retirement is by using equity release. We have a calculator that can work out exactly how much equity is available to be released from your home.

Having savings means you can use them to help prop up your retirement if your state pension or workplace pension doesn’t quite go as far as you need.

Can I retire at 55 and keep working?

Yes. Just because you’ve taken your private pension and decided to retire at 55 doesn’t mean you have to stop working.

Maybe you feel like you need to top up your pension by adding a few more years of part-time salary to it. Or maybe you want to access your pension pot at 55 and enjoy more free time, but you’re not ready to fully retire just yet.

Just because you choose to access your pension, doesn’t mean you HAVE to retire.

Many of our clients will do some freelance or consultancy work on the side to help top up their income each month.

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What do I need to think about to retire at 55?

Life expectancy

Life expectancy in the UK has drastically increased since the turn of the century. In fact, research by the Office for National Statistics revealed that between 2000 and 2019, life expectancy for women increased from 80.4 to 83.1, and 75.6 to 79.4 for men.

This means if you retire at 55, you’ll need to budget for close to thirty years.

Thirty years is a long period of time to budget for, but it goes in a blink of an eye. (Would you believe Four Weddings and a Funeralis 30 years old this year?) What sort of lifestyle would you expect to finance over that time? Will you have enough if you exceed the average life expectancy?Can I Retire At 55 - 300k, 500k, 700k How Much Is Enough? (1)

The cost of care

Another important thing to consider is the cost of care – whether that’s support to continue living independently in your home in later years or residential care. The Government assumes that people will pay for their own care, so this can be very costly.

Having a comfortable retirement

Research byYouGov(28/12/2020) showed 42% of people in the UK believe they won’t be able to afford a comfortable standard of living in retirement.

You don’t want to be just ‘getting by in retirement; you want to enjoy your later life. So, as well as basics like food and housing, you need to think about lifestyle costs such as holidays, hobbies and treating yourself.

Whether you’re ready to retire

YouGov (7 Jan 2020) research found 17% of Briton’s would like to withdraw money from their pension pots before they’re 65 to be able to retire early or have extra income. Which begs the question: Are you ready for the biggest lifestyle shift you’ll probably ever face? Are you ready to stop going into work every day?Are you ready to retire at 55?

Tax Implications

When withdrawing from your pension everyone will owe a certain amount in tax to HRMC. For more information on how lump sum withdrawals are taxed, you can visit is my pension lump sum taxable.

Will future rises in State Pension age affect how early Icanretireand access my pension pot?

Whilst 55 is currently the earliest you can access your pension pot. This will be rising to 57 by 2028 to match the rise in State Pension age.

Although this is disappointing news for some, looking on the bright side, it does give you two extra years to plan and save for your perfect retirement.

The sooner you speak to an independent regulated financial adviser, the sooner you’ll know what steps you need to take to secure your ideal retirement lifestyle. For example, putting money away for an extra few years or consolidating your pensions.

So, even if your retirement age has been put back, don’t put off seeking professional retirement planning advice. Having that extra time might be a blessing in disguise, especially if you’ve only just started to consider early retirement.

Do I have enough money to retire?

It can be confusing trying to work out if youve enough to retire. There are so many variables such as life expectancy, lifestyle expectations and planning for the unexpected like ill health or residential care.

There’s often also the confusion of having multiple pension schemes, which can make it hard to work out how big your pension pot actually is. It’s no wonder people often put off their retirement planning.

At Joslin Rhodes Pension & Retirement Planning, we can help you untangle your retirement finances and plan for the retirement lifestyle you dream of.

When considering the question ‘Have I got enough to retire?’, our advisers will always ask ‘enough for what?’ and then lay out what your options are to deliver the lifestyle you want.

We take you through our three steps:

Life Coaching:helps you and your financial adviser work out what it is you want to do and what makes you tick.

Financial Planning:lets us work through what you have, what you need, and how retirement would look for you.

Financial Advice:is the final stage, where we go through the nuts and bolts of investments, pensions and how best to use them to make your plan a reality.

Once this is complete, you’ll know the answer to the question ‘Do I have enough money to retire?’

What is a good pension pot at 55?

If you’re hoping to retire at 55, a good pension pot is somewhere between £1million and £1.5 million for a couple and £1.1 million for an individual.

You’ll need enough money to live comfortably for the rest of your days. Based on the average life expectancy in the UK, that’s likely to be around thirty years after retiring at 55.

With the average couple spending £59k per year for a comfortable retirement, your ideal pension pot is going to depend on the lifestyle you want to have in retirement.

However, it’s important to remember your income in retirement will likely come from a number or sources, not just your combined pension pots, this could be things like additional savings, investments, income from rental properties and your State Pension. When all these are looked at together you may see you’ve more than enough to afford the lifestyle you want.

To plan for a comfortable retirement, you need a realistic budget for all your living expenses. And those expenses will differ from person to person.

For example:

Your home: you might have paid off your home or still make monthly payments

Your family: you might have dependents who rely on your support

Your lifestyle: you may have a frugal or more lavish lifestyle

Your retirement plans: you might want to continue with your current lifestyle or make a major change (round the world trip, anyone?)

Your health: do you know of any health conditions that could affect your later life care and costs

This is why it’s important to speak to an Independent financial adviser – authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority – as soon as you can. They’ll help you work out how much you need to make your retirement dreams a reality.

Is 55 too early to retire?

Absolutely not.

It’s a common misconception that pensioners are grey-haired OAPs in their seventies and eighties.

But in the UK, you can generally access your pension from 55 – there’s no need to wait until state pension age. This means there’s a growing group of people enjoying early retirement from their mid-fifties.

But is 55 too early to retire? In the UK, we’re hard wired into believing you retire in your sixties.

A lot of people don’t realise you CAN retire at 55.

Some think they won’t have enough for a comfortable retirement if they retire early.

Others think it is self-indulgent to stop working at 55.

But seriously, if you can afford it retire early, why wait?

It’s true that some people experience ‘retirement fear’ as they wonder what they’ll do with themselves after work. There’s no doubt that retiring is a huge step and it’s important to prepare for the emotions you might feel.

But – whilst it’s a cliché life is short and you don’t know what is around the corner. Sadly, ill health can cut lives short or prevent us from fulfilling our dreams. Most of us work to live, not live to work. So, if you can afford to retire early, why wouldn’t you?

The first step to retiring at 55 is to speak to a retirement planning adviser as soon as you can.

They’ll help you work out how you want to spend retirement, how much money you’ll need to fund your retirement lifestyle and whether – fingers crossed – you’ve got enough in your pension pot already…

To protect you and your pension pot, make sure you choose an adviser that’s regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Where will my money come from in retirement?

At Joslin Rhodes Pension & Retirement Planning, we look at your money in two different ways, your stream and your reservoir.

Your stream

Your stream is made up from regular income-producing assets, which bring a steady flow of income thats both quantifiable and dependable.

This can be your salary, your state pension or any monthly payments from the likes of property, annuities or final salary pensions. Your stream flows every day without fail, but it might not bring enough to do everything you want.

Your reservoir

Then there’s your reservoir. This is what supplements your stream. It comes from the likes of defined contribution pensions, tax-free lump sums, inheritance, investments or cash savings.

Now you have these two sources that are providing you with a bucket full of cash. Some comes from your stream, and some comes from your reservoir.

If, one month, you find your bucket has gotten deeper – maybe an unexpected expense or opportunity – and your stream isn’t filling it up enough, you can top it up from your reservoir.

Your financial adviser will look at your two sources – stream and reservoir – to give you confidence in your retirement planning and spending.

What’s the best way to access my pensions?

Before you can put your feet up in the garden or start planning holidays, you need to figure out which type of pension/s you have and what options are available to access them.

This can be confusing at first, but aside from the state pension there are two kinds of pension schemes in the UK: Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution.

Which one you have can affect what you can do with it, so its worth bearing that in mind.

Defined Benefit

A Defined Benefit (DB) pension is also known as a final salary or a career average pension. This type of pension provides a guaranteed income for life.

How much you get depends on your length of service in the scheme and salary levels whilst a member (they can be final salary, so your final salary is used to calculate benefits, or they can be based on the average salary earned during membership of the scheme).

There are many members in a Defined Benefit pension scheme, and each member pays a percentage. Your employer then subsidises — sometimes paying as much as three times the amount you put in or more.

Advantages of Defined Benefit

Guaranteed – payments continue throughout your life and are protected by the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). Most DB pensions increase every year by some form of inflation protection.

Simple – you know how much you’re going to get every month, like a wage.

Subsidised – you’ll likely get a lot more back than you paid in.

Disadvantages of Defined Benefit

Inflexible – once you’ve set what you’re getting you can’t change this and take more or less at a later date.

Hard-wired – if it comes with spousal benefits you can’t turn these off, even if you don’t have a spouse/partner

Dies with you (or your spouse if a spousal benefit is included) – when you die the payments stop, so generally, no money can be passed to beneficiaries such as your children.

What is a defined contribution pension?

Defined contribution pensions have lots of different names. You might call yours aSIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension),personal pension, workplace pension or stakeholder pension.

In this type of pension scheme, you – and if it’s a workplace pension, your employer – pay in a percentage of your wage. But instead of it going into a big communal pension pot, it goes into a pot with your name on it.

After that, it’s up to you. You’re responsible for deciding how and when you access it.

This pension is generally available for access any time after you turn 55.You can withdraw up to 25% as a tax-free cash lump sum(often called a pension commencement lump sum) but you must do something else with the remaining 75%.

There are two options for this: annuity or drawdown. You can find out more about how these pension types differ and the options for accessing them in this article What’s the difference between defined benefit and defined contribution pensions?

Will I run out of money in retirement?

This all depends on your pension pot and the lifestyle you want to lead in retirement.

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Working with a financial adviser to address any unknowns and create a retirement plan will give you peace of mind.

Your adviser will assess your situation and help you understand how long your money will last, removing any fear of running out of money in retirement.

The concept of time is something you need to consider. The last thing you want to happen is to run out of money and then need to pay for a care home or make significant additions to your home if you have mobility issues or any other specific needs.

Time is as much a resource as money, yet we rarely give it the same focus.

That’s why at Joslin Rhodes Pension & Retirement Planning we put time front and centre, as a reminder to use it as wisely as your money.

Our PlanHappy Lifestyle Financial Planning process maps out exactly how much you’ll have and how long it’ll last for. In these forecasting sessions, our advisers are as realistic as possible to make sure you’re resting easy in retirement.

If we forecast you’ll run out of money early, then we’ll advise you on what to do regarding this and whether retiring at 55 is the right decision.

Can I consolidate my pensions?

Pension consolidation is simply a way you can keep track of your money by putting it in one pot and clearly managing it for the best growth possible.

There are advantages and disadvantages to consolidating your pension, and one of our financial advisers will be able to guide you on if it’s right for you.

The benefits of doing it

It’s easier to keep track and manage your pension savings and see if they’re doing well and then take steps to help them perform better if not.

If some of your pensions are higher cost schemes it might be better to transfer them to a lower cost scheme.

Merging your pension pots might open a wider choice of investments if you’re looking for one flexible solution.

Some drawbacks are

If your pension is a Defined Benefit pension, it might not be the best idea to transfer out as the guaranteed income takes away any investment risk.

If your pension has a guaranteed annuity rate it’s important to think about the implications carefully before transferring out and weigh up the advantages and disadvantages carefully.

It’s also important to see whether any of your pension providers will charge you for transferring money out of the scheme.

How can we help you retire at 55? No cost consultation

To get started on your journey to retirement, you can take our free no-obligation first meeting.

You’ll be able to speak with our financial advisers who can explain our PlanHappy Lifestyle Financial Planning process, how it can help you, but most importantly, you can work through what it really is you want to do in retirement.

You tell us what you want to do, you tell us your goals and aspirations, and then we start your journey to retirement.

Retirement Savings– how much you need to save for retirement
Retirement Date– when you can afford to stop working
Retirement Income– how much you can spend in retirement

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Can I Retire At 55 - 300k, 500k, 700k How Much Is Enough? (2024)


What is a good net worth to retire at 55? ›

On average, you'll need to have saved $1,051,814 to retire at 55 years old. This is based on the median earnings of Americans according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' October 2023 Current Population Survey in weekly earnings.

What is a good amount of money to retire with at 55? ›

Average retirement savings by age
AgeAverage retirement savings (2022)Median retirement savings (2022)
45 to 55$313,220$115,000
55 to 64$537,560$185,000
65 to 74$609,230$200,000
75 or older$462,410$130,000
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Can you retire at 55 with 700k? ›

It's certainly possible to retire early at 50 with $700,000 in savings, but you'll likely need to make some lifestyle adjustments. Using the 4% safe withdrawal rate, you could take out $28,000 per year, or $2,333 per month. This should last you for 30 years until age 80 assuming average market returns.

What is a reasonable amount of money to retire with? ›

By age 40, you should have accumulated three times your current income for retirement. By retirement age, it should be 10 to 12 times your income at that time to be reasonably confident that you'll have enough funds. Seamless transition — roughly 80% of your pre-retirement income.

What is the net worth of the upper middle class? ›

Some sources define the upper middle class as anyone making a lot of money but haven't crossed the threshold to become truly wealthy. These individuals often have a net worth of at least $500,000 to $2 million.

What are the disadvantages of retiring at 55? ›

Some Cons of Retiring Early
  • It could be bad for your health. ...
  • Your Social Security benefits will be smaller. ...
  • Your retirement savings will have to last longer. ...
  • You'll need to find health insurance. ...
  • You might get bored and miss working.

What is the average 401k balance for a 65 year old? ›


What is a good monthly retirement income? ›

As a result, an oft-stated rule of thumb suggests workers can base their retirement on a percentage of their current income. “Seventy to 80% of pre-retirement income is good to shoot for,” said Ben Bakkum, senior investment strategist with New York City financial firm Betterment, in an email.

Is retiring at 55 realistic? ›

For some people, 55 is too early to retire—they may have more to give to their job, more to accomplish or, frankly, not enough savings. However, if you've been diligently growing your savings and can manage your living expenses with minimal stress on your budget, retiring at 55 could be a reality.

How much money do most people retire with? ›

The average retirement savings for all families is $333,940 according to the 2022 Survey of Consumer Finances.

What is the average Social Security check? ›

Social Security offers a monthly benefit check to many kinds of recipients. As of December 2023, the average check is $1,767.03, according to the Social Security Administration – but that amount can differ drastically depending on the type of recipient. In fact, retirees typically make more than the overall average.

Can I retire at 55 with $750000? ›

At the time of writing the median household income in the United States was about $70,800, so you would plan for a retirement income of $56,640. At that rate of withdrawal, a $750,000 portfolio would last a minimum of 13 years.

How much does the top 1 have in retirement savings? ›

Retirement savings of wealthiest population by age U.S. 2020

Among top one percent individuals, those between 65 and 69 years saved on average nearly 2.7 million U.S. dollars for retirement.

Is $200 a month good for retirement? ›

Whether it's reducing the number of times you eat out or go to the movies, collectively those changes can free up money in your budget, which could go a long way. Here's how setting aside $200 per month for 30 years and investing it can lead to more than $1 million by the time you retire.

What is the average retirement income by state? ›

Retirement Income Varies Widely By State
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Is $1 million enough to retire at 55? ›

Will $1 million still be enough to have a comfortable retirement then? It's definitely possible, but there are several factors to consider—including cost of living, the taxes you'll owe on your withdrawals, and how you want to live in retirement—when thinking about how much money you'll need to retire in the future.

Can I retire at 55 with $2 million? ›

If you have multiple income streams, a detailed spending plan and keep extra expenses to a minimum, you can retire at 55 on $2 million. However, because each retiree's circ*mstances are unique, it's essential to define your income and expenses, then run the numbers to ensure retiring at 55 is realistic.

Is $4,000,000 enough to retire at 55? ›

You can probably retire at 55 if you have $4 million in savings. This amount, according to conventional estimates, can reliably produce enough income to pay for a comfortable retirement.

Can I retire at 55 with 900k? ›

If $36,000 per year or $3,000 per month meets your lifestyle needs, $900k should be plenty for retirement.

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