SuperGuide’s Income from super Reckoner can help you quickly and simply understand the approximate super savings you need to fund your desired retirement income.
The figures used in the reckoner have been sourced from the MoneySmart Retirement Planner, a powerful tool that we highly recommend you try for yourself. SuperGuide’s reckoner is not intended to replace the calculator, but rather complement it by making it easier for to quickly compare different scenarios.
The reckoner allows you to filter for the following factors:
- How much income in retirement you are aiming for
- Whether you are single or a couple
- Whether or not you are eligible to receive the Age Pension
- Whether you anticipate a return on your super savings of 2%, 3%, 4%, 5%, 6% or 7% per year (net of fees)
- Whether you’d like your super to last 25 years, 30 years or 35 years.
Note: We do not consider it realistic to achieve returns of 7% or 8% per year net of all fees, particularly over such a long time period, but we have added these as points for comparison after requests from readers. Discover the top performing pension funds over 5 years.
We’ve incorporated the ASFA Retirement Standard as the lowest options for Singles and Couples:
|ASFA Retirement Standard||Single||Couple|
The tool then shows you approximately how much super savings you would need for each scenario. For example, if you are a couple seeking an income of $80,000 per year, are not eligible for the Age Pension, are anticipating a return of 4% per year, and would like your super to last 30 years, then you would need approximately $2,900,000 (combined) in super.
The Income from super Reckoner is similar to our Super to income Reckoner but works the opposite way.
Disclaimer: This reckoner is only intended as a guide to present approximate scenarios and should not be relied on to provide definitive figures on what your retirement income is likely to be. We highly recommend you try the MoneySmart Retirement Planner for yourself, but remember that it is only a model and not a prediction. To view a demonstration video of how to use the MoneySmart Retirement Planner, see SuperGuide article Video: How to use the MoneySmart Retirement Planner.
To use the reckoner just select the boxes that you would like to filter on and the results will appear below.
|Relationship status||Annual income in retirement||Return on savings (% per year)||Eligible for Age Pension?||Years super lasts|
|wdt_ID||Relationship status||Annual income in retirement||Return on savings (% per year)||Eligible for Age Pension?||Years super lasts||Super balance needed|
- You own your own home and have personal assets of $25,000 or less, and $0 in investment assets outside super. Note that the amount of investment assets you have can greatly affect the amount of Age Pension you are eligible for.
- Inflation costs are a 2% rise per year in cost of living plus an 1.2% additional rise per year in living standards
- You retire after you reach Age Pension age
- All returns are net of fees
- We recommend you also review the assumptions that MoneySmart list below their calculator
- Results are in today’s dollars.
Note: The MoneySmart calculator is limited to a super balance of $5 million per person. This means that for some income levels at low return rates we can only specify “$5m+” (for a Single person), or “$10m+” (for a Couple)
Learn more about how much super is enough in the following SuperGuide articles:
- How much super do I need to retire?
- Super to income Reckoner
- How much super do I need to retire on $60,000 a year?
- How much super do I need to retire on $80,000 a year?
- How much super do I need to retire on $100,000 a year?
- Is $500,000 in super enough to retire on?
- Is $750,000 in super enough to retire on?
- Is $1 million in super enough to retire on?
- Is $1.6 million in super enough to retire on?
- Is $2 million in super enough to retire on?
- Video: How to use the MoneySmart Retirement Planner
- ‘Today’s Dollars’: The impact of inflation on retirement income
- Retirement cost of living: How much does a comfortable lifestyle cost?
- Retirement income in Australia: An overview
- Target retirement income: An explanation of the 66-80% rule of thumb