The average bank interest rate for interest checking accounts in the United States is 0.03%. Meanwhile, the average savings account rate is currently 0.06%, and the average money market account interest rate is 0.09%. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), money market accounts typically earn the highest rates, followed by savings accounts and interest checking accounts.
Average interest rates for interest checking, savings and money market
|Deposit account type||National average interest rate|
|Money market accounts||0.09%|
Average interest rates by bank
When you put money in a bank, you'll find that you earn different interest rates based on the type of deposit account you open. Rates will also vary depending on the institution you bank with, as shown by our overview below of the typical rates found at some of the largest banks in the U.S.
The figures provided below represent the highest possible interest rates that you can earn on balances under $25,000 at each bank, not including temporary promotional rates.
Average interest rates at major U.S. banks
|Savings||Money market accounts||Interest checking|
Average interest checking rates
Interest checking, sometimes called high-yield checking, doesn't usually earn more interest than a traditional savings account. Major banks only give out around 0.01% APY on most interest checking options, and the slightly higher national average of 0.03% is mostly a reflection of the high interest rates of online banks and smaller regional banks whose account policies tend to be more generous.
Another reason you won't find many high-interest checking options is that most people find it easier to earn better interest with savings accounts, which tend to see few withdrawals. Checking account balances are always fluctuating due to the frequent expenses of everyday living, making it difficult to earn reliable interest. The few checking accounts that do earn interest are usually premium accounts that require large amounts of money to open or to waive the account fees charged by the bank each month.
Average savings account rates
The average savings account rate among U.S. banks recently fell to 0.04% and has since seen a small increase. However, there are several banks offering far beyond the current 0.06% average. The largest banks, which stick to the traditional brick-and-mortar business model, typically won't offer more than 0.01% APY on their standard savings accounts. At that rate, a savings balance of $10,000 would earn just ten cents a year.
Online savings accounts tend to offer a slightly better deal, with interest rates of up to 0.50% currently. While these options typically don’t usually provide branch locations, advances in digital banking technology have made it extremely easy for users to check savings balances and arrange transfers from their smartphone screens.
Average money market account rates
The rate on money market accounts tends to be somewhat higher than the rates offered on regular savings accounts. Banks attach better APYs to these accounts because they generally require more money to open and more money to waive the monthly maintenance fees. Many banks also encourage customers to open multiple deposit accounts by offering boosted "relationship" rates on the money market accounts.
As with standard savings accounts, you can find online-only banks offering much better interest rates on money market accounts compared to those offered brick-and-mortar institutions. Typically, online money market rates average around 0.30% for all balances, which is much better than the national average of 0.09% APY.