What does a safe harbor 401(k) cost?
A safe harbor 401(k) is the most popular type of 401(k) plan. They're designed to help your business avoid IRS nondiscrimination testing—and the costly consequences if you were to fail.
Employers must match or contribute to their employees' 401(k) accounts using one of three formulas. Enter your information to find out the costs of a safe harbor plan.
Industry average is 34%; Human Interest typically sees 70% participation in 401(k)s
|Match options||Cost to employer|
|Cost to employer|
(per pay period)
|Basic matching: The company matches 100% of all employee 401(k) contributions, up to 3% of their compensation, plus a 50% match of the next 2% of their compensation.||$13,600.00||$261.54|
|Enhanced matching: The company matches at least 100% of all employee 401(k) contributions, up to 4% of their compensation (not to exceed 6% of compensation).||$13,600.00||$261.54|
|Non-elective contribution: The company contributes at least 3% of each employee’s compensation, regardless of whether employees make contributions.||$30,000.00||$576.92|
The Safe Harbor Match Calculator and results should not be considered tax or legal advice. The Safe Harbor Match Calculator is intended to illustrate the cost of different employer match options in a Safe Harbor 401(k) plan. The calculator’s results should be considered estimates.
We offer various types of safe harbor 401(k) plans:
You can use any of the above matching options on a "per payroll" basis.
You can opt for a plan that gives a match only to non-highly compensated employees on an end-of-year basis.
Note that a 4% non-elective contribution is also available in addition to the 3% modeled in the calculator above.
Want to learn more?
Learn why many companies choose a safe harbor plan (hint: it's because they fail IRS non-discrimination testing—but if you fail or are worried you might fail, we can help!).
Read more about safe harbor plans.
Review the deadlines for starting a safe harbor plan this calendar year:
Oct. 1 - The deadline to launch a new safe harbor 401(k) plan for the current calendar year
Nov. 1 - The deadline to notify your provider regarding changes (so they can prep employee notices)
Dec. 1 - The deadline for all safe harbor plans to distribute employee notices (at Human Interest, we take care of this for our clients)