Should I quit my job of 15 years with no retirement benefits to take a lower paying job with retirement benefits?

I get paid well but don't particularly like my job and I do not have retirement benefits. I do have a Roth IRA that I contribute $350 a month to right now. I have searched for other jobs but none that I am qualified for come close to paying what I make now. Should I take a lower paying job so that I can get retirement benefits or should I stick my current job and continue contributing to my Roth and saving as much as I can.

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Answered by Paul Carag, Financial Adviser in Renton, WA
Well, this is a question that should probably also be answered with some non-financial considerations as well. First, you're saying that you don't particularly like your job so I would pose this question to you - Is it worth the extra income to you? If it is, there are plenty of things you can do for retirement that don't consider having a retirement account with your employer so unless you're not a good saver (this doesn't seem to be the case since you're faithfully contributing monthly to your Roth IRA), then do you really need an employer-sponsored retirement account? The benefits of those are that they will usually match a certain percentage or amount of your contributions & it becomes kind of a 'set-it and forget it' type of forced savings. The downside is what the funds are invested in as well as the fees and expenses involved - meaning that you don't really have a choice (or not much of one anyway) on what you get to invest in and you'll have to take whatever they give you as far as fees and expenses go. There are some great employer-sponsored retirement accounts available that allow flexibility in what to invest in but those are few and far between. The bottom line is this: You don't have to depend on an employer-sponsored retirement account for survival. As a matter of fact, most people get into trouble because they've based their entire retirement on one account and that will almost always come up short. You keep contributing to your Roth IRA and saving as you are and know that there are other ways to save for retirement such as annuities and cash-value life insurance that offer guarantees and life-time income. These types of vehicles can free you of having to take a job just to have a retirement account. Work where you want because you enjoy what you do, not to be a slave to the money. Hope this helps and would love to offer more detailed help if you're so inclined. | 08.20.15 @ 23:22
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Willard R. Brumbaugh, LUTCF in Victorville, CA — This answer is well thought out and, in my opinion, clear and on point, though I don't think that the questioner said he was unhappy with his job, except for the lack of a company plan. | 11.26.15 @ 02:55
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