How Much Money Are You Losing Out on Your Employer’s 401k Match?

May 15, 2015
How Much Money Are You Losing Out on Your Employer’s 401k Match?401k Match

A recent study concludes that the average worker loses out on more than $1,300 in missed employer matches because of not contributing enough to their company-provided 401k plan. It is estimated that 92% of employers that offer a 401k plan match employee contributions, according to Aon Hewitt.

According to this article, 1 out of 4 employees miss out on receiving their company’s full 401k match because they do not contribute enough to their 401k. To put this in context, US employees miss out on a cumulative contribution match that adds up to $24 Billion.

According to InvestmentNews

For the typical employee, failing to receive the full company 401k match leaves $1,336 of potential free money on the table each year. That equates to an extra 2.4% of annual income not received. Assuming a 4.4% annual rate of return, the forfeited matching funds could amount to nearly $43,000 over 20 years.

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