Advertisement
U.S. markets closed
  • S&P 500

    5,123.41
    -75.65 (-1.46%)
     
  • Dow 30

    37,983.24
    -475.84 (-1.24%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    16,175.09
    -267.10 (-1.62%)
     
  • Russell 2000

    2,003.17
    -39.43 (-1.93%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    85.45
    +0.43 (+0.51%)
     
  • Gold

    2,360.20
    -12.50 (-0.53%)
     
  • Silver

    27.97
    -0.28 (-0.99%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    1.0646
    -0.0085 (-0.79%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    4.4990
    -0.0770 (-1.68%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.2451
    -0.0104 (-0.83%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    153.2400
    +0.0370 (+0.02%)
     
  • Bitcoin USD

    66,662.69
    -4,055.25 (-5.73%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    885.54
    0.00 (0.00%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    7,995.58
    +71.78 (+0.91%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    39,523.55
    +80.92 (+0.21%)
     

What is the average interest rate for savings accounts?

The average savings account rate is a benchmark for the overall interest-rate environment, but it’s not a rate you should settle for.

Rather, aim for an annual percentage yield (APY) many times the national average, such as those offered by high-yield savings accounts. It’s easy to find a high-yield savings account that offers a competitive return with a no or low minimum balance requirement.

National average savings account interest rate

The national average yield for savings accounts is 0.24 percent APY, according to Bankrate’s April 19 weekly survey of institutions. Many online banks have savings rates higher than the national average. The higher the rate, the more interest you’ll earn on your savings.

How we calculate the national average interest rate

Bankrate obtains rate information from the 10 largest banks and thrifts in 10 large U.S. markets. In the Bankrate national survey, our market analysis team gathers rates and/or yields on banking deposits. The survey has been conducted the same way for more than 30 years. This consistency means it gives an accurate national apples-to-apples comparison of rates.

APY comparison

Financial institution

APY

Minimum opening balance

Learn more

Bask Bank

4.65%

$0

Read review

Bread Financial

4.50%

$100

Read review

TAB Bank

4.40%

$0

Read review

LendingClub Bank

4.25%

$100

Read review

Synchrony Bank

4.15%

$0

Read review

Marcus by Goldman Sachs

3.90%

$0

Read review

Ally Bank

3.75%

$0

Read review

Discover Bank

3.75%

$0

Read review

Capital One

3.50%

$0

Read review

Wells Fargo

0.15%

$25

Read review

TD Bank

0.02%

$0

Read review

Chase

0.01%

$0

Read review

U.S. Bank

0.01%

$25

Read review

Bank of America

0.01%

$100

Read review

Note: Annual percentage yields (APYs) shown are as of April 20, 2023. Bankrate’s editorial team updates this information weekly. APYs may have changed since they were last updated and may vary by region for some products.

Interest rates for linked checking and savings

Linking your savings account with a checking account is one way to earn a higher yield at some banks. Sometimes called relationship rates, it’s more common for brick-and-mortar banks to offer them.

For instance, at Huntington Bank the nonrelationship APY for its standard savings account is 0.01 percent APY. But if you pair a savings account with a Huntington Perks Checking account or a Huntington Platinum Perks Checking account you’ll earn twice that: 0.02 percent APY. To avoid a $25 monthly maintenance fee, however, the Huntington Platinum Perks Checking account requires $25,000 in total relationship balances.

The combination of large amounts of money to avoid monthly fees and lower APYs from brick-and-mortar banks are why online banks are often a better choice for those looking to find the highest APY. Online banks tend to offer a higher APY across all balances, but some require a minimum balance to earn it. The majority of online banks have minimum opening requirements of $100 or less.

Bank

Checking account/Savings account combo

Standard savings yield

Yield with relationship

Minimum balance to avoid monthly checking account fee

Huntington Bank

Huntington Perks Checking or Huntington Platinum Perks Checking/Huntington Relationship Savings

0.01% APY

0.02% APY*

Total relationship balance of $25,000 required.

Chase

Chase Premier Plus Checking or Chase Sapphire Checking/Chase Premier Savings

0.01% APY

0.02% APY**

Average beginning day balance of $15,000 in this account or qualifying investments and deposits.***

* With a Huntington Perks Checking account or a Huntington Platinum Perks Checking account. 

** Besides linking a Premier Plus and a Chase Sapphire Checking account with a Chase Premier Savings account, you also need to make at least five transactions — that you initiate — with that linked checking account during the monthly statement cycle. 

***A linked qualifying first mortgage enrolled in automatic payments can also waive the monthly fee on the Chase Premier Plus Checking account.

Bottom line

Compare online banks with larger banks when you search for a high-yield account. You’re likely to find that online banks have lower minimum balances, won’t have monthly fees and may pay the same APY on all balances. In many cases, this APY will be higher than a savings account at a brick-and-mortar bank.

Use the national average savings rate as your gauge. You should be able to easily find a bank that’s offering an APY multiple times higher than the national average.

Calculate the difference between the APY at a big bank compared with the yield at an online bank to see what higher-interest earnings look like. The power of compounding helps your interest earn interest over time.

Advertisement