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Retire by 50: How much you need to invest per month to save $3 million

How to save $3 million before you turn 50
How to save $3 million before you turn 50

The money you are putting into your 401(k) savings plan at work most likely won't be enough to retire early.

The average American in their 20s only has about $15,000 in their 401(k).

You're going to need to invest a lot more of your income if you want to save millions of dollars.

To save $3 million by the time you are 50, you'll have to put away a substantial amount as soon as you land your first job.

CNBC crunched a range of numbers to give you some options.

Here's how much you will need to start investing every month to reach $3 million — broken down by your target age.

First, let's go over how we got the numbers. The math assumes you are starting with no money in savings, that your investments will earn 4% in annual returns, and that you begin saving at 22 and fresh out of college. 

Check out this video to dive into the figures.

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