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Today’s Best Savings Rates, Feb. 27, 2024: Top Savings Accounts Earn More Than 10 Times the National Average

If you’re earning less than 3% APY in your current savings account, you’re missing out.

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Where you keep your money matters. And if you’re storing your extra funds in a savings account that earns a meager interest rate or a checking account that earns next to nothing, you’re missing out on higher gains. 

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The best high-yield savings accounts earn annual percentage yields, or APYs, as high as 5.35% – more than 10 times the national average of 0.46%. The national average for interest-bearing checking accounts is even lower at 0.07%. If you’re ready to open a high-yield savings account to maximize your interest earnings before rates drop, now’s the time.

Read on to learn more about today’s top savings rates.

Key takeaways

  • Top savings accounts boast APYs up to 5.35%.
  • Savings rates remain high for now, but experts predict they’ll drop later this year. 
  • A high-yield savings account can help you grow your money faster, so now’s the time to take advantage of competitive APYs.

Experts recommend comparing rates before opening a savings account to get the best APY possible. You can enter your information below to see CNET’s partners’ rates in your area.

Today’s best savings rates

Here are some of the top savings account APYs available right now:

BankAPYMin. deposit to open
My Banking Direct5.35%$500
TAB Bank5.27%$0
Newtek Bank5.25%$0
UFB Direct5.25%$0
Synchrony Bank4.75%$0
Ally Bank4.35%$0
Capital One4.35%$0
Discover Bank4.30%$0
APYs as of Feb. 27, 2024, based on the banks we track at CNET.

Top savings rates remain high 

Savings rates have been trending upward ever since the Federal Reserve began increasing its benchmark federal funds rate in March 2022 to tame record inflation. When the Fed raises the benchmark rate, banks tend to raise rates on consumer products like savings accounts and CDs to remain competitive.

But since July 2023, the federal funds rate has remained at a range between 5.25% and 5.50%, indicating to experts that savings rates are likely at their peak.

Still, experts believe that savings rates will remain elevated until the Fed begins dropping rates, with signals that rate cuts are possible later this year

Here’s where rates stand compared to last week:

CNET Average Savings APY

Weekly Change*

FDIC Average
4.89%No change0.46%
APYs as of Feb. 27, 2024. Based on the banks we track at CNET.
*Weekly percentage increase/decrease from Feb. 19, 2024, to Feb. 26, 2024.

The average APY for the top high-yield savings accounts we track at CNET is 4.88% -- with some accounts offering as high as 5.35%. That’s more than 10 times greater than the national average of 0.46%. The difference can add up over time because savings accounts earn compound interest -- meaning you earn interest not only on your principal balance but also on the interest you’ve earned. So, earning a high yield really can add up over time. 

Since savings rates are variable -- meaning they move in lockstep with the federal funds rate -- your APY is likely to go down in the coming months. Once the Fed drops rates, banks will eventually follow suit. So the sooner you open a high-yield savings account, the longer you can enjoy a high rate.

Why you should open a high-yield savings account now 

Where you keep your money matters. And stashing it in a high-yield savings account is a low-risk way to grow your savings while taking advantage of the power of compound interest. With a savings account that earns compound interest, you earn interest on the initial deposit and the interest that accumulates over time -- in other words, interest on interest.

But there’s more to high-yield savings accounts than just the APY. Here’s what makes HYSAs stand out:

  • High rates: HYSAs often have APYs 10 times higher (or more) than the national FDIC average.
  • Low or no fees: Monthly maintenance fees can eat into your savings. Many online banks can charge low or no fees thanks to their lower operating costs.
  • Liquidity: You can access money in your HYSA anytime without penalty (as long as you mind any withdrawal limits). CDs, another popular savings product, charge a penalty if you take out funds before the term is up.
  • Accessibility: If you open an HYSA at an online bank, you’ll enjoy 24/7 account access through its mobile app. You may also have lots of customer service options, including by phone, online chat and secure messaging.
  • Low risk: HYSAs are protected by federal deposit insurance if they’re held at an FDIC-insured bank or NCUA-insured credit union. That means your money is safe up to $250,000 per account holder, per account type.

If you’re earning less than 1% with your current savings account -- some big banks offer as little as 0.01% APY -- you don’t have to close your existing account to enjoy higher rates. You can open a new account from an online bank in minutes and set up recurring transfers or direct deposits to start funding it.

How to find the right savings account 

High-yield savings accounts usually have higher APYs than traditional savings accounts. And even after rates fall this year, high-yield savings accounts will continue to offer significantly better APYs than traditional ones. But you should consider more than just the APY before opening a HYSA. 

Keep these factors in mind when comparing savings accounts: 

  • Minimum deposit requirements: Some HYSAs require a minimum amount to open an account -- typically, from $25 to $100. Others don’t require anything. How much you have to deposit initially can help you narrow down your options.
  • Fees: Monthly maintenance and other fees can eat into your balance. Avoid unnecessary charges by looking for a bank with low or no fees.
  • Accessibility: If in-person banking is important to you, look for a bank with physical branches. If you’re comfortable managing your money digitally, look for an online bank with a user-friendly app with all the features you need.
  • Withdrawal limits: Some banks charge an excess withdrawal fee if you make more than six monthly withdrawals. If you think you may need to make more, consider a bank without this limit.
  • Federal deposit insurance: Look for a bank that belongs to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or a credit union that belongs to the National Credit Union Administration. Accounts at these institutions are protected up to $250,000 per account holder, per category in the event of bank failure
  • Customer service: You want a bank that’s responsive and offers convenient support options if you ever need assistance with your account. Read online customer reviews to see what current customers say about their experiences. You can also contact customer service to get a feel for what it would be like to work with the bank.


CNET reviewed savings accounts at more than 50 traditional and online banks, credit unions and financial institutions with nationwide services. Each account received a score between one (lowest) and five (highest). The savings accounts listed here are all insured up to $250,000 per person, per account category, per institution, by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or National Credit Union Administration.

CNET evaluates the best savings accounts with a set of established criteria that compares annual percentage yields, monthly fees, minimum deposits or balances, and access to physical branches. None of the banks on our list charge monthly maintenance fees. An account will rank higher for offering any of the following perks:

  • Account bonuses
  • Automated savings features
  • Wealth management consulting/coaching services
  • Cash deposits
  • Extensive ATM networks and/or ATM rebates for out-of-network ATM use

An account will rank lower if it doesn’t have a professional-looking website or doesn’t provide an ATM card or if it imposes restrictive residency requirements or fees for exceeding monthly transaction limits.

Liliana Hall is a writer for CNET Money covering banking, credit cards and mortgages. Previously, she wrote about personal credit for Bankrate and She is passionate about providing accessible content to enhance financial literacy. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and has worked in the newsrooms of KUT and the Austin Chronicle. When not working, she is probably paddle boarding, hopping on a flight or reading for her book club.
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