Life insurance calculator

Not sure how much life insurance you need or what a policy will cost you? Crunch the numbers with our free, easy-to-use life insurance calculator.

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Price is one of the most important factors when deciding which life insurance policy is right for you and your family, but it’s also highly individualized. Rates vary widely based on term length and amount of coverage, in addition to your age, gender, and health. With our term life insurance premium calculator, you can try out different scenarios for what you’ll need and estimate how much you’ll pay for a term life insurance policy. Your final premiums may differ slightly from your estimated quotes.

How to calculate how much life insurance will cost to you

Our cost calculator shows you term life insurance quotes using a few personal factors and policy features. The final cost of your life insurance will be based on a deeper dive into your health information and background. Learn how each factor can impact the premium you pay for life insurance below.

  1. Age The younger you are, the lower your premiums will be, which is why it’s best to buy earlier. The cost of life insurance increases by 4.5% to 9% each year you put off buying coverage, based on policies offered by Policygenius in 2022.

  2. Gender Based on current offerings, women pay an average of 24% less for life insurance than men

  3. ZIP code Where you live won’t directly influence your premiums, but some policies may not be available to you because of insurance regulations in your state. If you live outside the U.S., you’re unlikely to qualify for a policy from a U.S. based company. 

  4. Policy term length The term length is how long your life insurance coverage lasts. Choose a term length that matches or exceeds your longest financial obligation (like your mortgage) so that your family doesn't end up liable for those costs. The longer your policy lasts, the more you’ll pay. Most companies offer 10- to 30-year term lengths.

  5. RidersThese policy add-ons can increase the cost of your life insurance policy, though some riders are free, like the accelerated death benefit rider

  6. Policy coverage amount The bigger your policy’s death benefit (also referred to as the face value), the higher your premiums will be.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll get a life insurance quote from our calculator. After reviewing your options, compare policies from top-rated insurers. If you're interested in whole life insurance, check out our whole life insurance calculator.

A Policygenius agent can work with the insurance companies on your behalf to find you the best policy at the most competitive price.

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Other factors that influence life insurance premiums 

Two people in the same demographic and location might get the same estimates from our cost calculator, but receive different premiums after going through the life insurance application process. That’s because your medical history and other risk factors, like smoking, have a major impact on how much you pay for a policy.

Every provider has its own system for deciding who falls into which category. Someone with diabetes might be classified as average health by one provider but be considered in good health by another, for example, which is why it’s important to shop around. 

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How to calculate how much life insurance you need

To get an accurate quote from our life insurance calculator, you need to determine the amount of life insurance coverage that you need. Here's how:

  1. Add up your assets Find the sum of your post-tax income and any liquid assets, like life insurance policies you already own, current investments, and future assets like social security benefits.

  2. Add up your debts and financial obligations Account for your yearly living expenses and debt payments and multiply them by the number of years your family would need support. Make sure to include future financial obligations, like childcare.

  3. Subtract your assets from your debts and financial obligations The resulting number is your coverage gap — the amount of money your family would need to be financially comfortable without you. This is the minimum amount that your death benefit should be. 

  4. Decide on term length Your policy’s term length is more straightforward: It should last as long as your family will need your financial support — for example, until your children finish college

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Sample term life insurance rates


Methodology: The chart above reflects rates, as of June 2, 2022, for male and female non-smokers in a Preferred health classification with a 20-year term length. Rates are based on the monthly Policygenius Life Insurance Price Index. Prices in the index are determined by internal actuarial rate tables for 10 life insurance carriers that offer policies through the Policygenius marketplace: AIG, Banner Life, Brighthouse, Lincoln Financial, Mutual of Omaha, Pacific Life, Protective, Prudential, SBLI, and TransAmerica.

How to find the most affordable life insurance policy

Every life insurance application is evaluated on an individual basis, but there are some universal tips to find a cheaper term life policy:

  • Buy early: Buying a policy when you’re younger and at lower risk for illness can lock you into more affordable premiums for decades.

  • Comparison shop: Because every provider assesses your risk differently, comparing quotes can help you find the lowest rates.

  • Work with an independent broker: Independent brokers like Policygenius work with multiple insurance companies so they can give you unbiased advice about the best provider for you. 

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If anyone relies on you financially, it’s important that you have life insurance coverage to protect them when you’re gone. Buying term life insurance early is the best way to secure a cost-effective policy and plan for your family’s future.

Frequently asked questions

What is the formula for calculating life insurance?

One simple formula is to multiply your income by 10 to 15, or you can add up your debts and expenses. Life insurance costs depend on your age, health, lifestyle, and policy details.

How long should my life insurance coverage last?

Your coverage should last at least as long as your longest debt, or for as long as your dependents will rely on you financially.

How does the life insurance company I choose affect my calculated cost?

Every life insurance provider assesses the risk of insuring you differently, so one company may offer you lower rates than another.