Business Texans Aren’t Saving Enough for Retirement

A study by personal finance website finds that senior citizens in 48 out of 50 states are not putting aside enough money for retirement.


Financial advisors generally hold that retirees need about 70% of the annual income they earned during their working years. That’s combining payments from Social Security, pensions, and savings.

Mike Sante, managing editor of, says that on average, American seniors are retiring on only 57% of their pre-retirement income. He says Texas retirees are doing better than the national average, but only just.

“In Texas, for example, the median income for the pre-retirement cohort, households 45 to 64, is right at $60,000 a year. Once you get 65 and older, the median household income drops to $35,000.”

What makes the situation worse, Sante says, is that more and more people are retiring without owning their own homes. He says rent or mortgage payments can easily shave another third off seniors’ already inadequate incomes.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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