Retirement Confidence Survey

The Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS) gauges the views and attitudes of working-age and retired Americans regarding retirement, their preparations for retirement, their confidence with regard to various aspects of retirement, and related issues. The RCS is the longest-running survey of its kind and is conducted annually by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and the independent research firm Greenwald & Associates.

The 2018 survey of 2,042 Americans ages 25 or older was conducted online January 3 through January 16, 2018. The survey includes 1,002 workers and 1,040 retirees. Data were weighted by age, sex, and education. The margin of error is ± 3.16 percentage points for all workers and ± 3.10 percentage points for all retirees.


2018 Survey

2018 RCS Key Findings
Press Release
Comments by Craig Copeland, EBRI
Comments by Lisa Greenwald, Greenwald & Associates

Fact Sheets

Retirement Confidence
Expectations About Retirement
Preparing for Retirement in America
Age Comparisons Among Workers
Gender and Marital Status Comparisons Among Workers
Attitudes About Current Social Security and Medicare

Complete findings from the Retirement Confidence Survey are available for Partners.  More information on becoming a Partner is available here or by contacting Craig Copeland.