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How Much is a $5 Million Dollar Life Insurance Policy?

If you are shopping for a $5 million dollar life insurance policy, our insider’s guide will provide you with everything you need to get started.

This article explains the approval process and income requirements to help you determine the amount of coverage you can qualify for.

We’ve also provided some life insurance rates by age, gender, and risk class for $5 million dollars of term and permanent life insurance coverage to help you estimate the monthly cost of your policy.

Quick Article Guide:

1. How Much Life Insurance Can I Qualify For?
2. Rates for a $5 Million Dollar Term Insurance Policy
3. Rates for a $5 Million Dollar Permanent Insurance Policy
4. What’s the Process for Buying A $5 Million Dollar Policy?
5. How We Can Help You Find the Best Policy

How Much Life Insurance Can I Qualify For?

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To prevent someone from being over-insured, the life insurance providers use an income multiplier to determine the amount of coverage an individual can qualify for. This formula is based on the applicant’s pre-tax earnings and age. We’ve provided an example below:

Ages
Maximum Amount of Coverage Available
18-30
35 x your gross (pre-tax) income
31-40
35 x your gross (pre-tax) income
41-50
25 x your gross (pre-tax) income
51-60
20 x your gross (pre-tax) income
61-65
15 x your gross (pre-tax) income
66-75
10 x your gross (pre-tax) income
76-80
5 x your gross (pre-tax) income

While every company sets their own guidelines, every insurer will substantially limit the amount of coverage you can purchase after you retire. If you have a large net worth, or if you need life insurance to collateralize a business loan, some companies are willing to make an exception though.

What’s the Cost of A $5,000,000 Term Insurance Policy?

There are hundreds of life insurance providers in the United States and most of these companies offer 12 to 16 rate classes. While each company set’s their own risk classes and rates, the cost of a $5,000,000 term life insurance policy is primarily determined by these three factors:

1.The applicant’s age
2.The applicant’s overall health or “risk”
3.The length of the policy’s term

How Age Affects Life Insurance Premiums

It’s no secret that as we get older, our mortality risk increases. As a result, the life insurance providers charge higher rates to older applicants. The following tables illustrate the cost of a 10-year, $5,000,000 level term life insurance policy for an applicant in excellent health for their age.

Sample Rates by Age – 10 Year Term – $5,000,000

Age
Female
Male
35
$66.51
$80.95
40
$95.12
$111.15
45
$181.39
$210.01
50
$282.92
$346.07
55
$448.26
$626.51
60
$634.25
$930.95
65
$1,103.40
$1,775.83
70
$1,810.42
$2,968.07
75
$3,839.49
$5,983.75
*Displayed rates are accurate as of 07/01/2019 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

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How Health Issues Impact Life Insurance Rates

The risk of being diagnosed with a serious health issue increases as we get older. While most life insurance companies will overlook minor health issues like high blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol, ailments like diabetes can substantially impact your rates.

It’s also important to note that every insurance provider sets their own underwriting guidelines. What might be a non-issue with one company could be a deal-breaker with another. The chart below compares State Farm’s guidelines to Banner Life. Both companies are rated “Superior” by A.M. Best.

If you are in excellent health, have no unfavorable family history, and a perfect driving record, a “Big-Box” insurer might have your best option. If you don’t fit this mold, shopping the market and comparing multiple companies should save you a considerable amount of money.

The following tables provide sample rates for a 10-year level term for a male and female in excellent to average health for their age group. To learn more about each life insurance company’s rate class, please read our insider’s guide, “Here’s What Each Rate Class Means.”

Rates by Health Class for Females – 10-Year Term – $5,000,000

Age
Excellent Health
(Preferred Best)
Great Health
(Preferred)
Good Health
(Standard Best)
Average Health
(Standard)
35
$66.51
$90.14
$143.14
$161.25
40
$95.12
$140.45
$196.66
$227.11
45
$181.39
$233.89
$288.28
$365.41
50
$282.92
$358.44
$469.16
$552.26
55
$448.26
$552.71
$721.67
$815.00
60
$634.25
$733.15
$1,035.83
$1,077.15
65
$1,103.40
$1,360.72
$1,511.13
$1,938.30
70
$1,810.42
$2,234.05
$2,821.95
$3,419.68
75
$3,839.49
$4,642.08
$4,844.88
$6,179.58
*Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 07/01/2019 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

Rates by Health Class for Males – 10-Year Term – $5,000,000

Age
Excellent Health
(Preferred Best)
Great Health
(Preferred)
Good Health
(Standard Best)
Average Health
(Standard)
35
$80.95
$112.45
$167.68
$192.50
40
$111.15
$167.14
$250.83
$250.92
45
$210.01
$285.26
$377.23
$466.33
50
$346.07
$455.45
$585.83
$755.29
55
$626.51
$681.08
$924.55
$1,186.46
60
$930.95
$1,068.55
$1,464.04
$1,756.55
65
$1,775.83
$2,075.76
$2,268.01
$3,346.84
70
$2,968.07
$3,870.48
$4,735.05
$5,679.37
75
$5,983.75
$7,415.26
$8,659.88
$10,355.68
*Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 07/01/2019 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

How A Policy’s Term Length Affects It’s Rates

When you apply for a new life insurance policy, the insurance provider will evaluate your health when you submit your application. While this provides them a snap-shot your overall health, it’s not a crystal ball. Our heath can change at any time and without warning.

The reality is, the longer your term is, the greater risk you pose to the insurer. Shorter terms are less expensive because you’re more likely to outlive your policy. The following tables compare the cost of a 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30-year term for an individual in excellent health.

Sample Rates by Term Length for a Female – $5,000,000

Age
10 Year Term
15 Year Term
20 Year Term
25 Year Term
30 Year Term
35
$66.51
$95.20
$127.32
$200.42
$247.01
40
$95.12
$141.65
$186.35
$292.34
$337.55
45
$181.39
$238.89
$321.08
$461.57
$562.23
50
$282.92
$361.88
$479.25
$715.51
$881.71
55
$448.26
$535.88
$795.60
$1,282.55
$1,649.80
60
$634.25
$866.45
$1,316.73
$2,406.30
N/A
65
$1,103.40
$1,503.02
$2,402.01
$5,566.78
N/A
70
$1,810.42
$2,492.00
$4,072.40
N/A
N/A
75
$3,839.49
$6,737.05
N/A
N/A
N/A
*Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 07/01/2019 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

Sample Rates by Term Length for a Male – $5,000,000

Age
10 Year Term
15 Year Term
20 Year Term
25 Year Term
30 Year Term
35
$80.95
$105.45
$153.57
$244.13
$302.32
40
$111.15
$155.32
$218.79
$374.76
$449.35
45
$210.01
$317.08
$425.66
$607.98
$740.30
50
$346.07
$505.37
$670.14
$986.42
$1,223.10
55
$626.51
$803.89
$1,104.53
$1,803.10
$2,309.40
60
$930.95
$1,180.35
$1,924.70
$3,434.76
N/A
65
$1,775.83
$2,367.08
$3,674.38
$6,719.18
N/A
70
$2,968.07
$4,481.15
$6,663.80
N/A
N/A
75
$5,983.75
$11,628.21
N/A
N/A
N/A
*Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 07/01/2019 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

As you can see from the tables above, the cost of a 30-year term is usually about double the cost of a 20-year term. To view actual life insurance rates by term length, please use our term life insurance rates calculator below or give us a call toll-free at 855-247-9555.

How Much Does $5,000,000 of Permanent Life Insurance Cost?

Most people outlive their policy’s term which allows the insurance companies to charge a lot less for their temporary “term” coverage. A permanent life insurance policy, on the other hand, is designed to provide a death benefit regardless of how old you are when you pass away.

The least expensive form of permanent insurance is guaranteed universal life which offers level rates and fixed premiums until the age of 85 or later. These policies work just like term insurance and they do not require any investment risk or money management fees. You only pay for the cost of your coverage.

Life Insurance Rates for $5,000,000 to Age 100 – Females

Age
Excellent Health (Preferred Best)
Great Health (Preferred)
Good Health (Standard Plus)
Average Health (Standard)
35
$1,482.00
$1,682.50
$1,972.50
$2,019.50
40
$1,738.00
$1,973.00
$2,365.50
$2,451.00
45
$2,028.50
$2,302.00
$2,810.50
$2,938.50
50
$2,721.00
$3,279.40
$3,456.50
$3,572.50
55
$3,705.50
$4,056.50
$4,464.00
$4,584.00
60
$4,666.50
$5,117.00
$5,869.50
$5,998.50
65
$6,361.65
$6,907.60
$8,307.00
$8,419.20
70
$8,759.00
$9,530.00
$10,340.50
$10,775.00
75
$12,410.00
$13,376.00
$15,859.65
$15,859.65
*Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 07/01/2019 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

Life Insurance Rates for $5,000,000 to Age 100 – Males

Age
Excellent Health (Preferred Best)
Great Health (Preferred)
Good Health (Standard Plus)
Average Health (Standard)
35
$1,819.00
$1,998.00
$2,399.50
$2,416.50
40
$2,152.00
$2,421.00
$2,921.00
$2,972.50
45
$2,524.00
$2,896.00
$3,507.00
$3,593.00
50
$3,217.00
$3,636.50
$4,420.50
$4,519.50
55
$4,249.50
$4,760.00
$5,800.00
$5,924.50
60
$5,581.00
$6,114.50
$7,576.00
$7,749.00
65
$7,875.35
$8,549.50
$10,696.00
$10,794.60
70
$11,066.50
$11,858.50
$13,324.50
$13,810.00
75
$15,554.35
$16,551.65
$18,800.00
$18,800.00
*Displayed monthly rates are accurate as of 07/01/2019 and are provided for illustrative purposes only.

What’s the Process for Buying $5 Million or More In Life Insurance?

Almost every life insurance provider requires a medical exam if you are applying for $5 million dollars of coverage. Here is how the application and approval process works. Please note, if you would rather avoid an exam, and don’t mind paying a little extra, there are some options available.

1. Contact an Insurance Agent or Broker

To save time and money, we recommend working with an independent agency that represents at least a few dozen life insurance companies. This will allow you to compare rates and options from multiple providers without speaking to more than one agent.

2. Compare Your Options

If you are working with an independent agency like JRC, you will be able to compare options from dozens of companies before making a decision. Every company sets their own rates and guidelines and some policies offer additional benefits or “riders” for extra protection.

3. Apply for Coverage

Once we have determined which insurance provider offers the best rates and coverage for your situation, we’ll complete your application with you over the phone, and electronically submit it to the insurance company on your behalf.

4. Complete Your Exam

After your application has been completed, an examiner will contact you to schedule and complete your free mini-medical exam. The exam can be completed at a lab, your home, or your office and it typically takes about 25 to 30 minutes.

5. Wait for an Approval

Most life insurance policies are approved within 6 to 8 weeks of completing your exam. If you are in excellent health and do not have extensive medical records to review, your policy cold be approved in as little as 3 to 4 weeks.

6. Activate Your Policy

When your policy is approved, your licensed agent will contact you to share the good news, and the insurance provider will mail you a copy of your policy. You will need to make the first payment to accept your coverage. If you decide not to accept coverage, no money is owed.

We’re Here to Help!

Our independent agency is licensed nationwide, and we represent more than 50 top-rated life insurance providers. By asking you a few questions about your health and coverage needs, one of our experts will be able to match you with your best options.

Our comparative shopping services are completely free, and there is no cost to apply for coverage. Give us a call today, toll-free at 855-247-9555, or you can use our free life insurance rates calculatorbelow to instantly compare your options.

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Cliff Pendell

VP of Marketing at JRC Insurance Group
Cliff is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder at JRC. He has helped thousands of families of businesses with their life insurance needs since 2012 and specializes with applicants who are less than perfect health. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and the great outdoors.