How Much Super Should I Have By Age?

Age Balance for Comfortable Retirement*
23 $5,000
24 $10,000
25 $17,000
26 $24,000
27 $31,000
28 $38,000
29 $46,000
30 $54,000
31 $61,000
32 $68,000
33 $76,000
34 $85,000
35 $93,000
36 $102,000
37 $112,000
38 $122,000
39 $132,000
40 $143,000
41 $154,000
42 $164,000
43 $174,000
44 $184,000
45 $195,000
46 $207,000
47 $219,000
48 $231,000
49 $244,000
50 $257,000
51 $271,000
52 $285,000
53 $300,000
54 $315,000
55 $330,000
56 $345,000
57 $360,000
58 $380,000
59 $395,000
60 $415,000
61 $430,000
62 $449,000
63 $466,000
64 $486,000
65 $503,000
66 $523,000
67 $535,000

*This data has been sourced from ASFA’s consumer website – SuperGuru.

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How Much Super Do I Need?

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) have calculated that the required balance for a comfortable retirement is $545,000 for a single person and $640,000 for a couple.
This assumes ownership of own home and no financial dependents.The balance needed by retirement age is the balance needed to be able to draw down funds each year to fund living expenditure for the remainder of a persons life.

The balance required at each age is an estimate of how much is needed to be on track for the end figure.

How Much Super Do I Need To Retire?

According to ASFA, to live a comfortable lifestyle in retirement, a single person needs $44,818 and a couple $63,352 per year. For a more modest lifestyle, a single person needs $28,514 and a couple $44,170 per year.
This means you would need to draw this amount per year from your super. To do this sustainably, ASFA have calculated you need $545,000 as a single and $640,000 as a couple to meet the comfortable lifestyle income.

‘A modest retirement lifestyle is considered better than the Age Pension, but still only allows for the basics. A comfortable retirement lifestyle enables an older, healthy retiree to be involved in a broad range of leisure and recreational activities and to have a good standard of living through the purchase of such things as; household goods, private health insurance, a reasonable car, good clothes, a range of electronic equipment, and domestic and occasionally international holiday travel. Both budgets assume that the retirees own their own home outright and are relatively healthy.’

The below ‘Retirement Income & Expenses’ table illustrates examples of expenditure under a budget for a comfortable lifestyle, modest lifestyle and the age pension.

About These Figures

This table outlines how much super is needed by each age to reach the ‘Comfortable Standard’ balance by retirement age, according to ASFA.
The balances required at each age are estimated for illustrative purposes only under the following assumptions:
Pre-tax wage income of just under $65,000 per annum. The Superannuation Guarantee contribution rate increases in line with current law, from 10% to 12% in 2025-26. Contributions tax is deducted at the rate of 15%. Investment returns (nominal), before investment fees and taxes, are 6.7% (investment fees are 0.7 per cent of assets, and the tax rate is 4.5 per cent). Administration fees are $100 per annum. Insurance premiums are $100 per annum.

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Retirement Income & Expenses*

Comfortable Lifestyle Modest Lifestyle Age Pension
Single $45,962 per year $29,139 per year $21,222 per year
($25,155 with supplements)
Couple $64,771 per year $41,929 per year $31,995 per year
($37,924 with supplements)
Healthcare Top level private health insurance, doctor/specialist visits, pharmacy needs Basic private health insurance, limited gap payments No private health insurance
Internet/Phone Fast reliable internet/telco subscription, computer/android mobile/streaming services Basic mobile, modest internet data allowance Very basic mobile and limited internet connectivity
Vehicle Own a reasonable car, car insurance and maintenance/upkeep Owning a cheaper, older, more basic car Limited budget to own, maintain or repair a car
Leisure Regular leisure activities including club membership, cinema visits, exhibitions, dance/yoga classes Infrequent leisure activities, occasional trip to the cinema Rare trips to the cinema
Maintenance/Repairs Home repairs, updates and maintenance to kitchen and bathroom appliances over 20 years Limited budget for home repairs, household appliances Struggle to pay for repairs, such as leaky roofs or major plumbing problem
Personal Grooming Regular professional haircuts Budget haircuts Less frequent haircuts, or self-haircuts
Utilities Confidence to use air conditioning in the home, afford all utilities Need to keep a close watch on all utility costs and make sacrifices Limited budget for home heating in winter
Meals Out Occasional restaurant meals, home-delivery meals, take-away coffee Limited meals out at inexpensive restaurants, infrequent home-delivery or take-away Only local club special meals or inexpensive take-away
Clothing Replace worn-out clothing and footwear items, modest wardrobe updates Limited budget to replace or update worn items Very basic clothing and footwear budget
Travel Annual domestic trip to visit family, one overseas trip every seven years Annual domestic trip or a few short breaks Occasional short break or day trip in your own city

*This data has been sourced from ASFA’s consumer website – SuperGuru as at December 2021.

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