IRS Retirement Plan Contribution Limits

December 12th, 2017


To make it possible for voluntary retirement savings to keep up with inflation, the various numerical limits embedded within qualified retirement plans are indexed for inflation.


In October the IRS announced the numbers that will apply in 2018, as shown in the following table:

Plan2016 Limits2017 Limits2018 Limits
401(k) and 403(b) employee deferral limit$18,000$18,000$18,500
457 employee deferral limit (most plans)$18,000$18,000$18,500
Catch-up contribution limit (50 and better)$6,000$6,000$6,000
Defined contribution dollar lmit$53,000$54,000$55,000
Defined benefit dollar limit$210,000$215,000$220,000
Compensation limit$265,000$270,000$275,000
Highly compensated employee income limit$120,000$120,000$120,000
Key employee in a top-heavy plan$170,000$175,000$175,000
Roth & Traditional IRA$5,500$5,500$5,500
Roth & Traditional IRA catch-up (50 and better)$1,000$1,000$1,000
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