18 Years Worth of Days Join Our Community This page, along with even more exclusive content, is available to members of our community. We'd love to have you join us! First Name Last Name Email Address Thank you! Oops! The average retirement lasts for 18 years. Are you prepared to fill that many days? Share | Have A Question About This Topic? Address Thank you! Oops! Related Contents Perception vs. Reality There’s an alarming difference between perception and reality for current and future retirees. Eight Mistakes That Can Upend Your Retirement There are common mistakes you can avoid when saving for retirement. Retirement Plan Distributions There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.