Retirement Confidence Survey

2022 Retirement Confidence Survey


Become a Partner on the 32nd annual Retirement Confidence Survey! The next survey will feature a focus on diversity, specifically looking at retirement security by gender and the retirement security of LGBTQ individuals. We will be doing an oversample of women and LGBTQ individuals, allowing the RCS to provide insights.

  • Obtain full survey results — available only to sponsors! ready to retire
  • Provide input into the study and get key questions answered.
  • Use findings in marketing and public relations efforts.
  • Get specialized breakouts of key target markets.
  • Benefit from being featured in survey reports, webinars, and articles.
  • Engage with researchers to delve into survey findings.

2021 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 2021 survey of 3,017 Americans was conducted online January 5 through January 25, 2021. All respondents were ages 25 or older. The survey included 1,507 workers and 1,510 retirees — which includes an oversample of roughly 500 completed surveys among Black Americans (252 workers and 253 retirees) and roughly 500 completed surveys among Hispanic Americans (253 workers and 249 retirees).

Data were weighted by age, gender, education, household income, and race/ethnicity. Unweighted sample sizes are noted on charts to provide information for margin of error estimates. The margin of error would be ± 2.5 percentage points for both workers and retirees in a similarly sized random sample.

Complete findings from the Retirement Confidence Survey are available for Partners.  More information on becoming a Partner is available here or by contacting our Membership Relations Specialist.