The cost of insurance can be less than you think.

Find the right coverage for you at the best price in just minutes with SelectQuote.

The cost of insurance can be less than you think.

Find the right coverage for you at the best price in just minutes with SelectQuote.

How much does life insurance cost?

It’s natural to assume million-dollar life insurance policies cost a fortune, but the fact is, you can get substantial coverage at an extremely affordable rate—probably more affordable than you’d think.

Here’s an example:

Healthy, non-smoking spouses in their 40s who choose term life insurance could get a half million dollars in coverage for less than $5/week each.* That’s a small price to pay for the relief of knowing your family has a financial safeguard in place in the case of your passing.

Term Life Cost vs. Permanent Life Cost: What’s the difference?

Typically, people choose between two types of life insurance: term life or permanent life (sometimes referred to as whole life insurance). One of the biggest differences between the two is the price tag.

+  Term Life Insurance is the Most Affordable Option

For a person in excellent health, monthly premiums run, on average, from $20 – $40 a month for a benefit of up to $500,000. Policies are sold for finite lengths of time—typically up to 30 years. Most term life policies feature “guaranteed level” premiums, meaning you pay the same premium for the length of your policy, but the premium can also be paid annually (often at a discount). At the end of the term length, the policy is canceled or can be renewed, and if you pass away while the policy is active, the beneficiaries you designate receive the coverage value set.

+  A Permanent Life Insurance Policy Literally Lasts a Lifetime

Premiums can also be fixed but can be as much as 10 times higher than term life. At the time of your passing, your designated beneficiaries receive a fixed benefit set at the time you purchased your policy. Permanent life policies have a cash value. With every premium payment, a portion is placed into a savings component that you can borrow against (within the rules set by the provider).

How is the cost of life insurance determined?

The underwriting process uses several factors to figure your monthly premium:

The Type of Policy You Choose

Term life policies are typically more affordable than permanent life policies. Term life premiums are fixed while permanent life premiums tend to increase about 8% to 10% for every year of age.

The Amount of Benefit You Choose

You can typically expect to pay a higher monthly premium when you choose a higher benefit to be paid to your beneficiaries.

The Length of Your Term Life Policy

The longer your term, the more expensive your monthly premium can be. This is because the longer you have the policy, the older you get and the greater the chance that the insurance company will have to pay out the death benefit.

Your Health at the Time of Purchase

Most applicants must have a basic medical checkup. Some factors that might result in higher premiums include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, hypoglycemia, chronic illness, nicotine use or recreational drug use.

Your Age at the Time of Purchase

Older individuals can expect to pay a higher premium for both term and permanent life insurance.

Your Hobbies at the Time of Purchase

Do you enjoy extreme sports like hang gliding, skiing or climbing? No surprise, you’re a bigger insurance risk, so you may pay a higher premium for both term and permanent life insurance.

Your Gender

On average, men can expect to pay higher premiums than women because the average lifespan of a male tends to be shorter than that of a female.

The Type of Policy You Choose

Term life policies are typically more affordable than permanent life policies. Term life premiums are fixed while permanent life premiums tend to increase about 8% to 10% for every year of age.

The Length of Your Term Life Policy

The longer your term, the more expensive your monthly premium can be. This is because the longer you have the policy, the older you get and the greater the chance that the insurance company will have to pay out the death benefit.

Your Age at the Time of Purchase

Older individuals can expect to pay a higher premium for both term and permanent life insurance.

Your Gender

On average, men can expect to pay higher premiums than women because the average lifespan of a male tends to be shorter than that of a female.

The Amount of Benefit You Choose

You can typically expect to pay a higher monthly premium when you choose a higher benefit to be paid to your beneficiaries.

Your Health at the Time of Purchase

Most applicants must have a basic medical checkup. Some factors that might result in higher premiums include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, hypoglycemia, chronic illness, nicotine use or recreational drug use.

Your Hobbies at the Time of Purchase

Do you enjoy extreme sports like hang gliding, skiing or climbing? No surprise, you’re a bigger insurance risk, so you may pay a higher premium for both term and permanent life insurance.

Ready to get covered?

The easiest way to learn more about your options for life insurance rates is by letting us help. We can quickly help you determine what kind of policy is best for you and what might have an impact on your rates.

* All policies are Protective Classic Choice Term 10. Policy is a level death benefit term life insurance policy to age 90, policy form number ICC16 TL-21/TL-21, and state variations thereof, issued by Protective Life Insurance Company in all states except New York where it is issued by Protective Life and and Annuity Insurance Company policy form number TL-21-NY 4-16. Both companies located in Birmingham, AL. Policy form number and features may vary by state. Consult the policy for benefits, riders, limitations, and exclusions. Subject to underwriting. Up to a two year contestable and suicide period. Benefits adjusted for misstatements of age or sex. In Montana unisex rates apply. Premiums increase annually after the initial guaranteed premium period. All payments and guarantees are subject to the claims paying ability of the issuing company.