Federal law sets annual limits on various tax-preferred employee benefits plans. The IRS released 2023 guidelines for retirement plan limits on October 21, 2022.

Plan sponsors will notice a significant increase in employee deferral limits due to inflation. The following chart compares the 2023 and 2022 limits for employer-sponsored retirement plans.

Retirement Benefits Plan Limits Comparison

Maximum Salary Deferral | §401(k) / §403(b) / §457$22,500$20,500
Maximum “Catch-Up” Salary Deferral
(age 50 or older)
Compensation Limit | §401(a)$330,000$305,000
Maximum Defined Benefit Limit$265,000$245,000
Defined Contribution Annual Additions Limit | §415$66,000$61,000
“Key Employee Officer” Compensation Limit

“Highly Compensated Employee” Limit$150,000$135,000
Social Security Taxable Wage Base$160,200$147,000


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