What does it mean to save a percentage of gross income toward retirement?

by Ibolya Balog, CPA | Aug 07, 2019

When people talk about saving 10% to 15% of gross income toward retirement, would that include a pension, Social Security, and a 403(b)?

Gross income means income before any deduction. For example, if a person earns $1,000 per week, the 10% to 15% works out to $100 to $150 per week going into savings. These savings may be part of the employee contribution toward a 403(b) plan. The savings should be over and above any amount paid into Social Security or the pension contribution provided by the employer.

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Answered by: Ibolya Balog, CPA, is a consultant with Asterion Inc. in Allentown, Pa. 

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