Wells Fargo savings account interest rates

Written by Dana Miranda, CEPF® / January 11, 2023

Wells Fargo is one of the largest banks in the United States, offering customers a variety of products—from checking accounts to mortgages—that cover your financial life. 

The San Francisco-based financial institution, like many of its brick-and-mortar ilk, doesn't offer particularly high interest rates on savings accounts, and should therefore be considered only by those with another reason for keeping their money at the bank. 

Inside this article

  1. Wells Fargo Savings Account Interest Rates
  2. Overview of Wells Fargo Savings Account Interest Rates
  3. How Much Can You Earn?
  4. How Does Wells Fargo Compare to Other Banks?
  5. Other Savings Options at Wells Fargo
  6. About Wells Fargo
  7. Frequently asked Questions

Wells Fargo Savings Account Interest Rates

Wells Fargo offers two savings accounts: Way2Save Savings and Platinum Savings.

AccountAPYMin. opening deposit
Way2Save Savings0.15%$25
Platinum Savings0.25% to 1.02%$25

Wells Fargo savings accounts offer variable interest rates, meaning all rates are subject to change.

Overview of Wells Fargo Savings Account Interest Rates

Both Wells Fargo savings accounts offer their standard APYs without conditions; you just need at least $25 to open the account.

On a Way2Save Savings account, you earn an APY of 0.15%. 

On the Platinum Savings account, the base APY is 0.25%,  although that rate increases when you meet certain criteria:

  • If your balance is $100,000 or more, the APY goes up to 1.01%.

  • If you link your savings account to an eligible Wells Fargo checking account, you can add 0.01 percentage point to your APY to get a Relationship APY of 0.26% on balances below $100,000 or 1.02% on a balance of $100,000 or more.

Both accounts come with a monthly service fee that you can avoid by meeting certain criteria. 

The Way2Save Savings account monthly service fee is $5 unless you meet one of the following criteria each month:

  • $300 minimum daily balance.

  • One automatic transfer of $25 or more from a linked Wells Fargo checking account.

  • One automatic transfer each business day of $1 or more from a linked Wells Fargo checking account.

  • One or more Save As You Go transfers from a linked Wells Fargo checking account. (In this feature, Wells Fargo transfers $1 from your linked checking account when you use your debit card for a one-time purchase, or make a Bill Pay transaction via online banking.)

  • The primary account holder is 24 years old or younger. (Joint ownership is available for minors.)

The Platinum Savings account monthly service fee is $12 unless you keep a $3,500 minimum daily balance.

How Much Can You Earn?

The amount you can earn in interest in a Wells Fargo savings account depends mostly on how much you contribute and how long you have to wait before you withdraw funds. Interest compounds daily and is paid monthly on the money you deposit, so the longer your money sits in an account, the more it will earn.

The amount you can earn in interest on a standard savings account with Wells Fargo is relatively insignificant compared with other savings and investment options, and will likely pale in comparison to inflation.

AccountStarting depositAPYMonthly depositBalance after 10 yearsInterest earned
Way2Save Savings$10,000 0.15%$200$34,330$330
Platinum Savings$10,0000.26%$200$34,575$575

How Does Wells Fargo Compare to Other Banks?

The national average deposit rate for a savings account is 0.24% as of November 2022, according to the FDIC’s official record. That puts Wells Fargo’s Platinum Savings account right in line with an average savings account, though the Way2Save Savings account falls short.

Even the Platinum Savings account from Wells Fargo is a relatively low-yield way to save compared with high-yield savings accounts, which can reach around 1.00% to 2.00% APY on any balance with no fees or balance minimums. 

For a high savings balance—like the $100,000 you need to earn the account's highest APY—a CD or investment account can offer a much higher return on investment than a standard savings account.

Other Savings Options at Wells Fargo

In addition to its savings accounts, Wells Fargo offers Certificates of Deposit (CDs), also known as Time Accounts. These accounts come with a fixed interest rate for the duration of their renewal term, and they offer a bump to a Relationship APY if you connect the account to an eligible Wells Fargo checking account.

You can open a Special Fixed Rate CD with a minimum deposit of $5,000 with base rates of:

  • 3.50% APY for a seven-month CD. 

  • 3.75% APY for a 13-month CD.

You can open a Standard Fixed Rate CD with a minimum deposit of $2,500 with rates of:

  • 0.50% APY for a three-month CD (1.01% for a balance of $100,000 or more).

  • 1.01% APY for a six-month CD.

  • 1.50% for a 12-month CD.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is a San Francisco-based multinational financial institution and one of the largest banks in the country. The company was founded in 1852 to transport gold and express mail delivery from the eastern United States to fast-growing California during the Gold Rush. Through growth and acquisitions in its almost 200-year history, it's become one of the “Big Four” banks in the country.

Frequently asked Questions

Should I Use a Wells Fargo Savings Account?

Which savings account is right for you depends on your financial circumstances and needs. A Wells Fargo savings account might be a fit if you’re already using Wells Fargo for your checking account or prefer the bank for investment and wealth management. Wells Fargo savings account rates are average or below average, so this isn’t the best institution if ROI is your main concern.

And then there’s the small matter of Wells Fargo agreeing to $3 billion in fines for its fraudulent practices, in which it pressured sales representatives to hit unreasonable sales goals that led them to create millions of accounts under false pretenses or without customer consent.

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About the Author

Dana Miranda

Dana Miranda, CEPF®

Dana Miranda is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance® and founder of Healthy Rich, a platform for inclusive, budget-free financial education. She’s written about work and money for Forbes, The New York Times, CNBC, NextAdvisor, Insider, Inc. Magazine and more.

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