More than 75% of those contributing to an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan receive matching contributions, and more than three-fourths of those participants contribute enough to receive the full match, according to TIAA-CREF’s Perfect Match Survey. But, only 72% of women and 64% of workers earning less than $35,000 annually receive the entire match.

Many people don’t appreciate what they’re giving up by not getting the full match. As an experiment, researchers developed a specific set of facts regarding how much could be earned from the employer match (earn $50,000 annually from age 35 to age 65, a 3% match, contribute enough to get the full match). They calculated that the employer contribution would be worth almost $73,000 by the time the participant reached age 65.

Almost one-third of respondents said it would be worth less than $50,000. Generation Y respondents, those earning less than $35,000 annually, and women were even more likely to underestimate the value of how much the full match could be worth in retirement. TIAA-CREF concluded that data-driven examples would help participants realize how much they’re giving up by not contributing enough to earn the full employer match.

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