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History of savings account interest rates

Let's take a look at how they've moved since 2010.

Putting your nest egg within easy reach when you need it, a savings account is a must-have for many people. Looking at historical savings account rates in terms of their movement alongside the national rate can help you make an informed decision when choosing a bank.

Historical savings account interest rates

The FDIC has only kept track of savings account interest rates from the beginning of 2010. See how the online savings account you’re considering performs compared to previous average market rates.

DateInterest rate
January 20100.21%
July 20100.20%
January 20110.17%
July 20110.14%
January 20120.11%
July 20120.09%
January 20130.07%
July 20130.06%
January 20140.06%
July 20140.06%
January 20150.06%
July 20150.06%
January 20160.06%
July 20160.06%
January 20170.06%
July 20170.06%
January 20180.06%
July 20180.08%
January 20190.09%

*Based on the national average interest rates for savings accounts according to the FDIC.

Current savings account interest rates

Name Product Annual percentage yield (APY) Fee Minimum deposit to open
Aspiration Spend & Save Account
Finder Rating: 3.8 / 5: ★★★★★
Aspiration Spend & Save Account

1.00% on $0 to $10,000 but you’ll need to be enrolled in Aspiration Plus and make at least $1,000 in debit card purchases a month
$0 per month or $15 per month for Aspiration Plus ($12.50 per month if you pay annually)
$10
Deposits are fossil fuel-free and insured by the FDIC. Enjoy a spend and save combo account with unlimited cash back rewards and a $100 bonus when you spend $1,000 in your first 60 days.
Axos Bank High Yield Savings
Finder Rating: 4 / 5: ★★★★★
Axos Bank High Yield Savings

0.61% on $0 to $24,999
0.25% on $25,000 to $99,999
0.15% on $100,000+
$0
$250
No monthly maintenance fees. No minimum balance requirements. Interest compounded daily.
Chime Savings
Finder Rating: 4.6 / 5: ★★★★★
Chime Savings
0.50%
$0
$0
Grow your savings automatically with recurring transfers, round-ups on debit card purchases and 0.5% APY.
Discover Online Savings Account
Finder Rating: 4.6 / 5: ★★★★★
Discover Online Savings Account
0.40%
$0
$0
Take advantage of a high-interest online savings account with no fees, no minimums and more.
UFB Direct High Yield Savings
Finder Rating: 3.6 / 5: ★★★★★
UFB Direct High Yield Savings
0.20%
$0
$100
Earn an APY when your balance is higher than $10,000 with this no-monthly-fee savings account.
SoFi Money
Finder Rating: 4.3 / 5: ★★★★★
SoFi Money
0.25%
$0
$0
SoFi Money® is a cash management account that charges no account fees to save, spend, and earn cash back rewards when you spend on brands you love.
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Bottom line

If you’re shopping around for a new savings account, look for a bank that will give you an interest rate that meets or exceeds the national average. While the market has been pretty stagnant over the last several years, we’re in the beginning of an upward trend, which could mean higher interest rates in the future if you choose an account with a variable rate.

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    RuthJuly 9, 2019

    What is your source for determining the savings account interest rates? Thank you.

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      JeniJuly 9, 2019Staff

      Hi Ruth,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      The data comes from the FDIC and only goes back to mid-2009.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    AprilMay 14, 2019

    How much interest would I have earned on a deposit of $50,000.00 since the calendar year of 2002?

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      JeniMay 14, 2019Staff

      Hi April,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Kindly get in touch with your bank to check your account’s rate as well as to have an estimate of the interest earned since you invested in 2002. Please note that the interest computation is based on your bank’s rate.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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