401(k) Balances

The average 401(k) retirement account balance rose 31.9 percent in 2009, according to a report released by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Investment Company Institute analyzing a group of consistent participants. The rise in 2009 was in line with the 2003-2007 pattern of steady increase in account balances and in contrast to the 27.8 percent decline in 2008. The EBRI/ICI report, "401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances, and Loan Activity in 2009," is based on the largest database of its kind.  Click here to download the report.