Chart of the Day: Average Retirement Age Rebounds Down from 65+

While many baby boomers are pushing back retirement, especially compared to previous generations in the early 2000s and the two preceding decades, the average retirement age actually used to be even higher, according to research from the Boston College Center for Retirement Research.

Dating back to 1962, the Retirement Research Center mapped the average retirement age to show that today’s upswing may be near-record, but a time of post-65 retirement age is not beyond memory for many people approaching retirement age today. 



“The average U.S. age for men retiring from work has gradually increased to 64,” BC’s “Squared Away” blog writes. “Yet age 62 continues to be held out as the popular standard, perhaps because that’s Americans’ marker for Social Security eligibility.

“Is retirement at age 62 destined be a casualty of dovetailing medical, financial, economic and even political trends? Many baby boomers are already postponing retirement into their mid- or even late 60s.”

Read the blog post and see the original chart


Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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