At what age does term life insurance go up?

If you’re looking for budget-friendly financial protection for your family, term life insurance is typically the way to go. Since term life insurance rates increase over time, buying while you’re younger can help you get the best value while making sure your family is covered when they need it.

True to its name, term life insurance covers you for a certain term length, or period of time, typically 10 to 30 years. It’s ideal for people who have financial responsibilities for a set number of years, like raising children, paying a mortgage, or replacing income until retirement. Since it eventually expires, term life is more affordable than permanent life insurance, which can help you get the coverage you need at a price that works for your family.

As you get older, knowing how a term life insurance premium increase could affect your cost can help you plan ahead financially. Here’s how to lock in the best rates for you and your family.

Do term life insurance rates increase as you age?

No one likes to pay more than what they’re expecting in their monthly bills – and life insurance is no exception. There are three main considerations when it comes to owning a term life policy that can impact your life insurance rates.

Buy term life insurance young for the most savings

Age is one of the main factors that influence your term life insurance rates. Since your life insurance company is insuring your life, your premium, or monthly payment, will go up as you get older (and closer to your life expectancy).

For example:

  • A healthy 30-year-old male can get a 30-year, $250,000 term life policy from Fidelity Life for as low as $29 a month.
  • A 40-year-old male, also in great health, would pay more than $42 a month for the same policy – a 44% increase.

Since term life insurance is the cheapest when you are still young and healthy, it’s best to seek coverage now. While many people wait until around their birthday to buy a plan before their rate increases, not all insurance companies calculate your age based on what the calendar actually says. In some cases, your rates may increase on your half-birthday, not your actual birthday, so in those instances, delaying can mean a price hike sooner than you expect.

Rates often remain level throughout the policy term

Once you buy a term life policy, you lock in your rate for the duration of the plan, in most cases. That means you can plan on consistent payments over the years and your company won’t raise the price, even if you develop a health condition. That dependable cost is one of the main advantages of term life.

While most term life policies are what’s called “level term” – which means the cost and death benefit stays the same – there are some types of term life insurance where payments change over time. These include  increasing term, where you pay higher premiums as time goes on for a higher death benefit, and decreasing term, where the opposite happens.

These policies can make sense for people in special circumstances, but level term life is generally the easiest to understand and the best option for many families. Fidelity Life offers a variety of level term policies for your specific budget and needs.

Plan for protection once the term ends

Term life insurance lasts for a set period of time, typically 10 to 30 years. Once your term life policy ends, you have a few options if you still need coverage. Since life insurance premiums increase with age, though, your rates will be higher than they were before. The main options include:

  • Renewing your policy. At Fidelity Life, you can renew many of our term life policies annually up to the age of 95 without having to get approved again. This can be a good option if you develop medical conditions or issues of any kind that might prevent you from getting covered. If you renew, you’ll pay a higher rate based on your current age.
  • Buying a new policy. If you’re healthy enough to qualify for term life and know you’ll need coverage for an extended period of time, you can also buy a new policy. Just like a renewal, though, keep in mind your insurance quotes will be higher based on your age when you apply.

Average life insurance rates by age

Depending on your financial needs and budget, you may choose different term lengths, ranging from 10 to 30 years. Average life insurance rates will increase as you age and choose a longer policy term.

For example, as shown in the tables below, a healthy 30-year-old male buying a 20-year-term life insurance policy for $500,000 in coverage will cost approximately $34.80 per month. However, if a 40-year-old male in comparable health wants to purchase the same policy, they would pay $46.55 per month.

That means locking in a policy at a younger age can results in an overall lower average life insurance rate and significant annual cost savings on the policy.

Find the most affordable term life insurance rates at any age

Understanding how term life insurance costs change over time can help you secure the best premiums while you’re still young and healthy.

If term life is too expensive for you because of your age or health, Fidelity Life also offers policies like guaranteed issue and final expense insurance that can help with specific needs, like end-of-life costs. No matter which option works best for you, we’re here to help you find the best insurance quotes for your needs.


At Fidelity Life, our goal is to make life insurance simple, affordable, and understandable for everyday families. This content is intended for educational purposes only. Each post is carefully fact-checked, reviewed, and updated regularly to ensure the information is as relevant as possible.