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Average life insurance rates (June 2024)

Term life insurance costs $26 per month or $305 per year on average as of June 2024. How much you pay will vary based on your age, gender, health, and lifestyle choices.

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Katherine MurbachEditor & Licensed Life Insurance AgentKatherine Murbach is a life insurance and annuities editor, licensed life insurance agent, and former sales associate at Policygenius. Previously, she wrote about life and disability insurance for 1752 Financial, and advised over 1,500 clients on their life insurance policies as a sales associate.

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How much is life insurance?

Term life insurance costs on average $30 per month ($360 per year) for a 20-year term life policy with a $500,000 payout for a 30-year–old male with few health conditions, and $23 per month ($276 per year) for a 30-year-old female with a similar profile.

Permanent life insurance policies like whole life and universal life insurance cost significantly more than term life because they don’t expire and come with an investment-like component called cashe value, which allows you to use funds from your policy while you’re still alive. 

A 30-year-old male in overall good health can expect to pay $487 per month ($5,844 per year) for a whole life insurance policy with a $500,000 payout. A 30-year-female with a similar profile can expect to pay $414.50 per month ($4,974 per year) for the same whole life policy.

Life insurance terms you should know
  • Beneficiaries: The people you name on your life insurance policy to receive the lump sum of money — also known as the death benefit — when you die.

  • Cash value: The portion of a permanent life insurance policy’s monetary value that grows tax-deferred over the life of the policy.

  • Death benefit: The amount of money the life insurance company will pay your beneficiaries when you die.

  • Face amount: The dollar amount, or death benefit, your beneficiaries receive if you die while your life insurance policy is active.

  • Insured: The person who is covered by the insurance policy.

  • Policy: The legal document that includes the terms and conditions of your life insurance contract.

  • Policyholder: The person who owns an insurance policy. Usually, this is the same person as the insured.

  • Permanent life insurance: A type of life insurance that lasts for the rest of your life and usually includes a cash value account.

  • Premium: The amount you pay your insurance company to keep your coverage active. Premiums are typically paid monthly or annually.

  • Riders: Add-ons to a life insurance policy that provide more robust coverage, sometimes for an extra cost.

  • Term life insurance: A life insurance policy that lasts for a set number of years before it expires. If you die before the term is up, your beneficiaries receive a death benefit.

  • Underwriting: The process where an insurance company evaluates the risk of insuring you and determines your final rate.

The cost of life insurance is mainly based on your life expectancy — as well as the type of life insurance and coverage amount you want to buy. Insurers consider your age, gender, health, hobbies, and medical history to determine how risky you are to insure — and, in turn, how much you’ll have to pay for your coverage. In general, the younger and healthier you are, the lower your life insurance rates will be.

We compared life insurance rates based on age and gender, term length, and coverage amount using real-time prices offered by some of the top insurers in the country through Policygenius. If you want a quote for your specific situation, connect with one of our agents to get started.

Methodology

Why you can trust our rates

At Policygenius, our educational guides are written and fact-checked by licensed life insurance experts and reviewed by our Financial Review Council to ensure autonomy, expertise, and accuracy. Our rates are based on internal actuarial rate tables for 10 life insurance carriers that offer policies through the Policygenius marketplace (Brighthouse Financial, Corebridge Financial, Legal & General America, Lincoln Financial, MassMutual, Mutual of Omaha, Pacific Life, Protective, Prudential, and Transamerica), and the Policygenius Life Insurance Price Index, which uses real-time rate data from leading life insurance companies to determine pricing trends. The prices represent the average monthly life insurance premium for each sample customer profile (age, gender) and policy type (term or whole, and coverage amount) as of the date reflected on each tables methodology. Rates for those products may vary by state, and not all products are available in all states. Individual rates may vary, depending on age, gender, state, health profile, and other eligibility criteria.

Average term life insurance rates

Term life insurance is the cheapest life insurance option. It offers basic protection and lasts only for a set period of time — usually 10 to 30 years — and then it expires. If all you need is to provide a financial safety net for your loved ones in your absence, term life is right for you.

Term life insurance policy rates by age

The monthly rates below are based on a 20-year term life insurance policy with a $500,00 payout for people with few health conditions and who don’t smoke.

Age

Gender

$250,000 coverage amount

$500,000 coverage amount

$1 million coverage amount

20

Female

$15.01

$22.65

$33.63

Male

$19.18

$30.20

$47.51

30

Female

$15.17

$22.98

$36.90

Male

$18.19

$29.32

$48.89

40

Female

$21.66

$35.27

$60.65

Male

$25.39

$42.94

$75.24

50

Female

$43.92

$78.29

$139.50

Male

$56.69

$102.50

$188.29

60

Female

$107.83

$194.16

$354.51

Male

$149.38

$268.04

$499.98

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Methodology: Average monthly rates are calculated for male and female non-smokers in a Preferred health classification obtaining a 20-year $250,000, $500,000, or $1,000,000 term life insurance policy. Life insurance averages are based on a composite of policies offered by Policygenius from Brighthouse Financial, Corebridge Financial, Foresters Financial, Legal & General America, Lincoln Financial, Mutual of Omaha, Pacific Life, Protective, Prudential, Symetra, and Transamerica, and the Policygenius Life Insurance Price Index, which uses real-time data from leading life insurance companies to determine pricing trends. Rates may vary by insurer, term, coverage amount, health class, and state. Not all policies are available in all states. Rate illustration valid as of 06/01/2024.

Term life insurance policy rates for smokers

Smokers usually pay two to three times more for coverage when compared to non-smokers, because smoking is considered a health risk. Below are monthly rates for a 20-year, $500,000 term life policy for people who smoke but have no additional health complications.

Age

Gender

$250,000 coverage amount

$500,000 coverage amount

$1 million coverage amount

20

Female

$35.71

$60.59

$101.32

Male

$44.50

$76.43

$132.24

30

Female

$38.52

$65.75

$117.20

Male

$46.90

$80.95

$143.89

40

Female

$62.74

$113.40

$207.38

Male

$78.26

$145.39

$266.49

50

Female

$137.94

$257.05

$465.89

Male

$188.09

$351.50

$660.83

60

Female

$320.17

$617.51

$1,123.64

Male

$461.29

$887.93

$1,642.70

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Methodology: Average monthly rates are calculated for male and female smokers in a Preferred Smoker health classification obtaining a 20-year $250,000, $500,000, or $1,000,000 term life insurance policy. Life insurance averages are based on a composite of policies offered by Policygenius from Brighthouse Financial, Corebridge Financial, Foresters Financial, Legal & General America, Lincoln Financial, Mutual of Omaha, Pacific Life, Protective, Prudential, Symetra, and Transamerica, and the Policygenius Life Insurance Price Index, which uses real-time data from leading life insurance companies to determine pricing trends. Rates may vary by insurer, term, coverage amount, health class, and state. Not all policies are available in all states. Rate illustration valid as of 06/01/2024.

Term life insurance policy rates by term length

These monthly rates are based on a 10-year, 20-year, or 30-year, $500,000 term life policy for a 30-year-old with few health conditions and who doesn’t smoke.

Term length

Average cost for females

Average cost for males

10 years

$16.72

$21.13

20 years

$22.99

$29.32

30 years

$34.52

$42.45

Methodology: Average monthly rates are calculated for 30-year-old male and female non-smokers in a Preferred health classification buying a 10-year, 20-year, and 30-year $500,000 term life insurance policies. Life insurance averages are based on a composite of policies offered by Policygenius from Legal & General America, Brighthouse Financial, Corebridge Financial, Foresters Financial, Lincoln Financial, Mutual of Omaha, Pacific Life, Protective, Prudential, Symetra, and Transamerica, and the Policygenius Life Insurance Price Index, which uses real-time data from leading life insurance companies to determine pricing trends. Rates may vary by insurer, term, coverage amount, health class, and state. Not all policies are available in all states. Rate illustration valid as of 06/01/2024.

Life insurance rates remain steady in June 2024

Life insurance rates remained steady in June according to the Policygenius Life Insurance Price Index (PLIPI). Rates haven’t changed since May 2023, when they went up by 1.4%.

The PLIPI uses real-time rate data from leading life insurance companies to reveal pricing trends and industry changes.

Read more about the Policygenius Life Insurance Price Index

Average no-medical-exam term life insurance rates

No-medical-exam policies let you skip the medical test that’s a standard part of the life insurance application process, which means you can get coverage faster. These monthly rates are based on a 20-year, $500,000 no-exam term life policy for people with few health conditions and who don’t smoke.

Age

Gender

$250,000 coverage amount

$500,000 coverage amount

$1 million coverage amount

20

Female

$15.01

$22.65

$33.63

Male

$19.18

$30.20

$47.51

30

Female

$15.17

$22.98

$36.90

Male

$18.19

$29.32

$48.89

40

Female

$21.66

$35.27

$60.65

Male

$25.39

$42.94

$75.24

50

Female

$43.92

$78.29

$139.50

Male

$56.69

$102.50

$188.29

60

Female

$107.83

$194.16

$354.41

Male

$149.29

$268.04

$499.98

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Methodology: Average monthly rates are calculated for male and female non-smokers at a Preferred health classification obtaining a 20-year $500,000 life insurance policy. Life insurance averages are based on a composite of no-medical-exam policies offered through Policygenius from Brighthouse Financial, Legal & General America, Transamerica, and Pacific Life. Rates may vary by insurer, term, coverage amount, health class, and state, and the Policygenius Life Insurance Price Index, which uses real-time data from leading life insurance companies to determine pricing trends. Not all policies available in all states. Issuance of a term life insurance policy without a medical exam is subject to product availability and your eligibility, and may depend upon your truthful answers to a health questionnaire. Rate illustration valid as of 06/01/2024.

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Monthly cost of term life insurance by policy length & coverage amount.

Average whole life insurance rates

Whole life insurance doesn’t expire and comes with a cash value savings component that lets you borrow money while you’re still alive. It’s significantly more expensive than term life, but it can be worth it in certain scenarios — for example, if you’re looking to complement your estate planning or investment portfolio, or if you have dependents that require lifelong care.

Age

Gender

$250,000 coverage amount

$500,000 coverage amount

$1 million coverage amount

20

Female

$147.50

$290.00

$558.50

Male

$175.50

$347.00

$670.50

30

Female

$209.50

$414.50

$814.00

Male

$245.50

$487.00

$954.50

40

Female

$305.00

$605.50

$1,195.00

Male

$371.00

$737.00

$1,422.00

50

Female

$480.50

$957.00

$1,899.00

Male

$569.50

$1,134.5

$2,222.00

60

Female

$800.50

$1,597.00

$3,179.50

Male

$957.00

$1,909.50

$3,769.00

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Methodology: Approximate monthly rates are calculated for non-smokers in a Preferred health classification, obtaining a $1 million whole life insurance policy paid up at age 100 offered by Policygenius through MassMutual. Individual rates may vary by insurer, coverage amount, health class, and state. Not all policies available in all states. Rate illustration valid as of 06/01/2024.

Whole life insurance rates for smokers

Age

Gender

$250,000 coverage amount

$500,000 coverage amount

$1 million coverage amount

20

Female

$177.00

$348.00

$670.20

Male

$210.60

$416.40

$804.60

30

Female

$251.40

$497.40

$976.80

Male

$294.60

$584.40

$1,145.40

40

Female

$366.00

$726.60

$1,434.00

Male

$445.20

$884.40

$1,706.40

50

Female

$576.60

$1,148.40

$2,278.80

Male

$683.40

$1,361.40

$2,666.40

60

Female

$960.60

$1,916.40

$3,815.40

Male

$1,148.40

$2,291.40

$4,522.80

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Methodology: Approximate monthly rates are calculated in a Preferred Smoker health classification, based on a $1 million whole life insurance policy paid up at age 100 offered by Policygenius through MassMutual. Individual rates may vary by insurer, coverage amount, health class, and state. Not all policies available in all states. Rate illustration valid as of 06/01/2024.

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Quotes vs. rates

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How are life insurance rates calculated?

Life insurance rates are determined by four main factors:

  1. Age: Each year that you delay buying a life insurance policy, the cost of premiums increases by 4.5% to 9% on average.

  2. Gender: Women generally pay less for life insurance than men because they have a longer life expectancy.

  3. Policy type: Whole life insurance costs more than term life insurance. A policy with a longer term or higher coverage amount will also cost more.

  4. Health: Health has a significant impact on your rates. Generally the fewer health conditions you have, the lower your rates will be. Certain pre-existing conditions, like heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, usually have a higher impact on your premiums. Other conditions, like asthma, sleep apnea, or high blood pressure, usually have a lower impact. Habits that affect your health, like smoking, also impact your rates.

Learn more about how insurers set your rates based on your health

Author

Katherine Murbach is a life insurance and annuities editor, licensed life insurance agent, and former sales associate at Policygenius. Previously, she wrote about life and disability insurance for 1752 Financial, and advised over 1,500 clients on their life insurance policies as a sales associate.

Editor

Antonio helps lead our life insurance and disability insurance editorial team at Policygenius. Previously, he was a senior director of content at Bankrate and CreditCards.com, as well as a principal writer covering personal finance at CNET.

Expert reviewer

Patrick Hanzel, CFP®, is a certified financial planner and advanced planning manager at Policygenius. His expertise has been featured at Lifehacker, Consumer Affairs, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, and Fatherly.

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