January 31, 2018

Average Cost of Insurance

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The average person pays around $4,200 per year for insurance, including car, health, dental, life, and homeowners insurance. That's before any adjustments.

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Keep reading to learn the startling facts about the average cost of insurance and what you can expect.

The Average Cost of Car Insurance

Drivers spend around $982 every year on car insurance. Today, we pay an average of 8% more than we did 5 years ago. These figures may vary depending on the type of coverage chosen, though. Each state requires different types of minimum coverage that you must comply with.

  • How much does the average car insurance increase when adding a new teen driver?
    On average, a new teen driver increases a family's car insurance policy to $2,474 from $982. This is a 152% increase. Keep in mind that this only takes into consideration adding a teen driver. If you were to secure your teen his own policy, it would could as much as 2 times the cost of adding him/her to your policy.

  • How much on average does car insurance decrease as teens age?
    As teens gain experience, they get to take advantage of lower car insurance rates. Again, keeping a teen on a parent's policy saves the most money. 17-year-olds save an average of $467 per year on their own policy. An 18-year-old saves an average of $374 per year and a 19-year-old saves around $970 per year.

    19 years old is the "magic" age when teens have around 3 years of experience under their belt. This decreases the risk of car accidents and lowers an insurance company's risk.

  • How does the average cost of insurance premiums change as you enter adulthood?
    Young adults leaving the teen years behind pay an average of $1,945 for car insurance at the age of 20. The exact amount depends on the amount of the chosen deductible and the type of coverage chosen. As they enter young adulthood, they lose some discounts, such as the "good student discount" and "student away" discount. But there are other discounts they can soon take advantage of, including the multiple policy discount.

    Tip: Many insurance companies give a good student discount for high school and college students maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

    The student away discount lowers a teen's insurance premium if they go away to college and do not bring a car.

  • How much more does it cost men on average for car insurance than women?
    Men pay an average of $60 per year more than women for car insurance. This might not seem significant, but over a 10-year period, that's $600 more than women pay for the same insurance.

  • What is the average difference in insurance premiums between married and single drivers?
    One of the benefits of being married is saving money on your car insurance. Married drivers save an average of $9 per month on their insurance. This means $108 per year and more than $1,000 over 10 years.

Average Cost of Health Insurance

Looking at both group and marketplace insurance, individuals pay an average of $464 per month and families pay an average of $1,266 per month. Deductibles average $2,903 for an individual and $5,739 for a family.

  • What is the average cost of an HMO policy versus a PPO policy?
    PPO policies tend to cost individuals 3.4% more than HMO policies. Families pay an average of $5.7% more for the PPO.

    On average, individuals pay $548 per month for an HMO and $567 per month for a PPO. Families pay an average of $1,498 for an HMO policy and $1,584 for a PPO plan.

  • How does the average cost of health insurance differ for singles and married couples?
    The average single male pays $310 per month for health insurance on the exchange market, but the average woman spends around $332 per month. Married couples follow the same path, as they pay an average of $717 per month on the exchange market.

  • What is the average cost of insurance on the exchange versus employer-sponsored insurance?
    The average individual on employer-sponsored health insurance pays $536 per month for insurance. In comparison, on the exchange, individuals pay around $393 per month.

    On average, employer-sponsored insurance costs families 48% more than exchange policies. Families pay $1,512 for an employer-sponsored plan and $1,021 for a policy on the exchange.

    Determining which policy is the most affordable depends on the deductible and type of coverage. A lower premium doesn't always mean a more affordable policy.

Average Cost of Dental Insurance

Dental insurance costs the average person just around $30 per month and the average family around $56 per month for group coverage. Individual policies are a little more expensive, though. Individuals pay around $45 per month and families pay an average of $71 per month for individual dental insurance.

  • How much does the average dental policy cover per year?
    Dental policies often don't cover 100% of the cost of necessary dental work. The average PPO dental plan covers a maximum of $1,500 per year. However, less than 1 in 10 people hit the annual maximum for the dental insurance.

  • What is the average out-of-pocket expense for dental work?
    The average dental policy covers 80% of basic dental work and 50% of major work. This excludes preventative dental work, such as cleanings, which is often covered 100%.

    A simple tooth extraction is considered "basic" dental work. The average total cost is $293. At 80% coverage, the average person pays $59. A root canal may also be considered "basic" work. The aveage cost is $300, leaving the average person with $60 to pay out of pocket.

    Major dental work, such as a dental crown, costs around $1,675. At 50% coverage, this means the average person pays $837.50.

  • How does the cost of dental work affect the average person's dental care?
    Just over half of Americans see the dentist regularly. More than 20% of the population hasn't seen the dentist for a few years. Of those who don't visit the dentist, at least 60% of them skip it because of the high cost of dental care.

Average Cost of Life Insurance

Non-smokers with a $500,000 term life insurance policy pay an average of $2,037 annually for life insurance. Smokers with the same policy pay an average of $7,313 per year.

  • How does the average cost of life insurance change as you age?
    It pays to obtain life insurance early. People who secure life insurance at the age of 35 pay an average of $159 per year for a 20-year term life insurance policy worth $250,000. A 50-year-old pays an average of 65% more for the same policy, just because of the older age. A person who waits until they are 60 years old pays as much as 86% more for the same policy.

  • How much does the cost of life insurance increase for smokers?
    Smokers pay an average of 250% more for life insurance than non-smokers. Insurance companies do not consider a person a non-smoker until they have not smoked for at least 12 months.

  • What common medical conditions affect life insurance premiums?
    Life insurance companies base the premiums on the health of the person or the likelihood of them dying within the term of the policy. People with high cholesterol or blood pressure are a higher risk. Life insurance usually costs people with these health issues 50% more in premiums.

Average Cost of Homeowners insurance

The average person pays $3.50 per $1,000 of a home's value. A $500,000 home costs an average of $1,750 in homeowners insurance each year.

  • How much does an average claim increase your homeowners insurance premium?
    The average insurance company raises a person's premiums 9% after one claim. How much you pay depends on your location. Residents of Wyoming pay as much as 32% more in premiums after a claim. However, residents of Texas rarely see an increase after just one claim.

  • Which state has the highest and lowest homeowners insurance premiums?
    Florida residents have the unfortunate luck of paying the highest homeowners insurance premiums. However, they are also the state that boasts 13% of the nation's largest losses.

    Oregon residents luck out with the lowest homeowners insurance premiums. Their premiums are as much as 71% less than Florida's premiums.

  • What are the top ways to decrease your homeowners insurance premiums?
    The best way to decrease your homeowners insurance premiums is loyalty. Stay as long as five years with the same company and you'll receive an average 5% discount. Stay even longer and you could save an average of 10%.

    Loyalty isn't the only way to get a discount, though. Buying all of your insurance policies from one company can save you an average of 16% on your premiums. Auto insurance and homeowners insurance from the same company offer the largest savings of 16%.

    Lastly, beefing up your home's security can decrease your insurance premiums as much as 20%. The more frequently your system is monitored, the higher your discount.

  • What is the average cost of flood insurance added to a homeowners policy?
    Flood insurance is a separate policy from your homeowners insurance. Residents in a flood zone pay an average of $700 per year for the policy. Not everyone must buy this insurance, though. Just about 12% of homeowners in the U.S. have it. The premiums range from the highest premium in Rhode Island with $1,200 per year premiums and Maryland with $129 per year premiums.

Average Cost of Renters Insurance

Renters insurance isn't required, but it can be helpful. At just $190 per year, it can give you the peace of mind you need in the face of disaster.

You pay a premium based on the contents you have inside your home or apartment. The more belongings you have, the higher your premium. The size of the rental space also plays a role, as a larger space gives way to more injuries and potential liabilities.

  • Which states have the highest and lowest average renters insurance premiums?
    The highest renters insurance premiums are found in Mississippi. Even though we say the "highest," it's still just $262 per year. This is $1,488 less per year than homeowners insurance.

    You'll find the lowest renters insurance premiums in North Dakota. There, residents pay an average of $114 per year.

  • Does owning a pet increase renters insurance?
    Renters insurance often doesn't cover damages caused by a pet. The breed and your state of residence determine if you need a separate rider, which will increase your premium. Talk to your agent about the specifics of your state and the type of dog you have to make sure you are covered.

  • Is there a limit for personal loss on a renters policy?
    Don't make the mistake of assuming all of your personal belongings are covered on your renters insurance. If you have valuables, make sure you let the agent know. You may need a separate rider on those items to make sure you receive enough coverage should you need it.

Bottom Line

No matter the type of insurance you need, make sure you shop around. The averages can give you a guide, but your individual situation determines your actual premium.

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