What is the Average Retirement Income for a Single Person?

Retirement is a time of life when you can finally relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. But how much money do you need to retire comfortably? The answer to this question depends on many factors, including your lifestyle, health, and other financial obligations. One important factor to consider is the average retirement income for a single person.

Understanding Retirement Income Sources

When it comes to retirement income, there are several sources that can help you meet your financial needs. The most common sources are Social Security benefits, pensions, investments/savings. This is the proverbial 3-legged stool. Each of these sources has its own set of rules and stipulations that must be taken in to consideration. 

Social Security Benefits

Social Security benefits are an important source of income for many retirees. The amount you receive depends on how much you paid into the system during your working years. Generally speaking, the more you paid in, the higher your benefit will be. In 2023, the average monthly Social Security benefit is approximately $1700-$1800 per month.

Pensions (if you are lucky to have)

Pensions are another source of retirement income that can provide a steady stream of payments over time. Pensions are typically provided by employers as part of an employee’s compensation package or as part of an employer-sponsored retirement plan. The amount of pension benefits you receive will depend on how long you have worked with the company and other factors such as salary level and job tenure.

Investments & Savings

Investments and savings are also important sources of retirement income. Investments can include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate investments trusts (REITs), annuities and more. These investments can provide both growth potential and steady income over time depending on which type of investment you choose. Savings accounts,  CDs or money market accounts can also provide income but typically offer lower returns than other types of investments over time.

Calculating Your Average Retirement Income

Once you have determined all your sources of retirement income it’s time to calculate your average retirement income for a single person. To do this simply add up all your sources of income (including Social Security benefits, pension income and income from savings/investments) and divide by 12 months to get an average monthly income figure. This monthly income amount  will give you an idea of how much money you will have available each month during retirement so that you can plan accordingly for living expenses such as food, housing costs, medical bills etc..


The average retirement income for a single person varies depending on many factors including lifestyle choices and other financial obligations but understanding all your sources of retirement income is key to planning for a comfortable future in retirement. Social Security benefits are an important source along with pension income payments from former employer(s)  or investments/savings accounts that can provide additional income over time so be sure to consider all these options when calculating your average monthly retirement income figure.