Average Advisor Compensation on 401(k) Plans

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF® | Reviewed by Editorial Team

Updated on December 13, 2022

The average compensation for a 401(k) advisor is 0.5%-1%. However, the rate charged by advisors varies significantly, with some charging up to 7% and as little as 0.05%. They charge a percentage of the amount of assets they oversee, with the amount charged trending down as advisors oversee more.

Average Advisor Compensation on 401(k) Plans FAQs

What is a 401(k) plan?

A 401(k) plan is a retirement plan offered by an employer designed to help employees save for retirement.

How do 401(k) accounts accrue money?

401(k) accounts consist of investments, the same kind in an investment portfolio. They earn return on investment over time, if they are successful, which funds the account.

What is the difference between a Roth 401(k) and traditional 401(k)?

With a Roth 401(k), taxes are paid as money is put into the retirement account. With a traditional 401(k), taxes are paid as money is taken out.

Are there other retirement savings plans other than a 401(k) plan?

Alternatives to 401(k) plans include traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, pension plans (if your employer offers one), and 403(b) retirement plans for employees of non-profit organizations.

About the Author

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

True is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®), author of The Handy Financial Ratios Guide, a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, contributes to his financial education site, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.

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