Top Savings Account Rates Today, May 5

Find your best high-yield savings account, whatever the level of saver you are

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The Federal Reserve raised interest rates a quarter percentage point Wednesday, but so far, the highest nationwide savings account rate remains 5.02% APY. That near-record level has held since March 27. While an ongoing balance of $1,000 is required to earn that APY, our full ranking of the best high-yield savings accounts includes 14 additional choices that pay at least 4.65% APY.

Top National Savings Rates by Ongoing Balance Requirement

No Ongoing Balance Requirement Rate Minimum Initial Deposit Minimum Ongoing Balance
Newtek Bank 5.00% APY $0 Any amount
Vio Bank 4.85% APY $100 Any amount
UFB Direct 4.81% APY $0 Any amount
$1,000-$4,999 Ongoing Balance Requirement Rate Minimum Initial Deposit Minimum Ongoing Balance
CFG Bank 5.02% APY $1,000 $1,000
TotalDirectBank 4.82% APY $2,500 $2,500
Ivy Bank 4.80% APY $2,500 $2,500
$5,000+ Ongoing Balance Requirement Rate  Minimum Initial Deposit  Minimum Ongoing Balance 
CIT Bank 4.75% APY  $100  $5,000 
BankPurely 4.75% APY $0 $25,000
iGObanking 4.75% APY  $25,000  $25,000 
Source: Investopedia daily rate data

Many of the best-paying institutions for high-yield savings accounts are either internet-only banks or online divisions of brick-and-mortar banks. Online banks carry the same federal deposit insurance that physical banks do. Just look for "FDIC member" or the FDIC logo on the website of any bank where you're considering opening an account (or NCUA membership if it's a credit union). That means that up to $250,000 of your deposits are federally insured should the institution fail.

If you've never held savings at a different bank than where your primary checking account resides, you might worry that it's inconvenient having your funds at two different banks. While transfers between banks usually take 1-3 days, if you don't think you'll need to move money quickly, online banking makes moving money between banks incredibly easy.

Unlinking your choice of a high-paying savings account from where you do your primary banking opens the door to boosting your interest rate 10 to 12 times higher than the national average. So it's a banking setup worth getting comfortable with.

The "top rates" we quote are the highest nationally available rates Investopedia has identified in its daily rate research on banks and credit unions that offer nationwide high-yield accounts. This is in stark contrast to the FDIC's published national average, which includes all banks offering a savings account, including many extremely large banks that pay almost no interest. Thus, the national average rate is always quite low, while the top rates you can unearth by shopping around are typically five, 10, or even 15 times higher.

Where Are Savings Account Rates Headed?

Savings account interest rates may be at or near the highest rate they'll hit for some time to come. Here's why.

The interest rate that banks and credit unions are willing to pay on deposit accounts, such as savings, money market, and certificate of deposit (CD) accounts, is directly impacted by the federal funds rate. The Federal Reserve sets this rate every six to eight weeks, and when it rises, so too do the rates on high-yield savings accounts. The opposite happens when the Fed reduces rates.

Since March 2022, the Federal Reserve has been aggressively hiking rates, raising the fed funds rate 4.25% in 2022 and another 0.75% so far in 2023, including its quarter-point increase this week. The fed rate's dramatic ascent is directly responsible for the highly elevated rates that high-yield savings accounts have been paying this year. After reaching a record rate of 5.05% APY for about a week in mid-March, the top nationwide rate has held for the last month at 5.02% APY.

But the Fed's rate-hiking campaign is likely coming to an end. The next rate-setting meeting will end June 14, and the majority expectation at this time is that the Fed will hold rates steady at that meeting. But since the Fed makes its rate decisions independently and always based on up-to-the-minute economic data, forecasts this far out should simply be considered predictions.

If the Fed pauses its increases, savings rates could plateau soon. And in fact, the Fed could even cut rates in the coming months. Once the Federal Reserve's rate plateaus or declines, high-yield savings account rates will follow suit.

One way to prolong your record returns is to deposit savings you can live without for a while in a certificate of deposit. CDs are available in varying lengths, and their interest rates, which are also currently tracking at record levels, are fixed for the full duration of the term. The trade-off is that if you decide to cash out of the CD early, you'll be hit with an early withdrawal penalty.

Top Savings and CD Rates vs. National Average Rates

 Account Type Today's Top Nationally Available Rate National Average Across All FDIC Banks
High-yield savings account 5.02% APY 0.39% APY
3-month CD 4.90% APY 0.78% APY
6-month CD 5.50% APY 1.03% APY 
1-year CD 5.25% APY  1.54% APY 
2-year CD 5.15% APY  1.43% APY 
3-year CD 4.90% APY  1.34% APY 
4-year CD 4.73% APY  1.29% APY 
5-year CD 4.68% APY  1.37% APY 
To view the top 15–20 nationwide rates in any category, click on the desired account type in the left column.

Rate Collection Methodology Disclosure

Every business day, Investopedia tracks the rates of more almost 100 banks and credit unions that offer savings accounts to customers nationwide, using that data to determine daily rankings of the top-paying accounts. To qualify for our lists, the institution must be federally insured (FDIC for banks, NCUA for credit unions), and the savings account's minimum initial deposit must not exceed $25,000.

Banks must be available in at least 40 states. And while some credit unions require you to donate to a specific charity or association to become a member if you don't meet other eligibility criteria (e.g., you don't live in a certain area or work in a certain kind of job), we exclude credit unions whose donation requirement is $40 or more. For more about how we choose the best high-yield savings accounts, read our full methodology.

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