It is far from uncommon for faculty to get a late start on their retirement saving. A Master’s program followed by a Doctoral program followed by a long and daunting dissertation process and then, maybe, even a post-doc somewhere. Finally, when you get that first teaching gig then the real work starts, right? The long and challenging process to earn tenure when the hours are long and the pay is not. As a result, when other 35-40 year-olds already have 10-15 years of saving for retirement under their belts, a university professor may only have a handful.
So, fast forward to 50 or 60, ages when we naturally start to think about retirement. Are you on track for retirement? Have you saved enough to sustain your current lifestyle through retirement? If not, what can be done now?