MSN gives some details on .
Among U.S. households headed by someone aged 44 to 49, the average retirement savings balance is $81,347, according to the Economic Policy Institute. But while that number may not seem all that bad, it's also a bit misleading. A small number of wealthier people who are financially able to set aside very large amounts can easily pull an average up. And in fact, they do. If we take a look at the median retirement savings balance -- signifying that half of these households have more saved, and half have less -- it's just $6,200. And what this tells us is that there are far more 40-something families whose nest eggs are below the average than above it.
Yikes! The median is $6,200???? That is totally pathetic!
But there's more -- they continue:
But even if you're between 44 and 49 and have managed to amass $81,000 or so, you still have some catching up to do. According to Fidelity, by the time you reach your mid-40s, your retirement savings balance should be equal to four times your salary. Since the average salary for American workers in their mid-40s is somewhere around the $50,000 range, to have accumulated just $81,347 at this point means you're not where you need to be. And if you're among the countless Americans who have yet to set aside a single dime for retirement, let this serve as a wake-up call.
In other words, you should have $200k saved by your mid-40's.
IMO this is not anywhere close to being enough (at 4% withdrawal, you can take $8k out per year). I'd prefer at least double that by mid-40s for sure -- hopefully even by the time you reach 40. That would allow $16k per year withdrawal at retirement. Add in savings from 40 to retirement age Social Security and you should have more than enough to retire -- and do so early!
One more thing: I suggest you start a side hustle because . Even if you haven't saved much so far, creating a side business can help you catch up quickly and retire faster.