Best and Worst Monthly Maintenance Fees at 12 Top Banks

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Nobody likes to pay bank fees, but some banks charge more than others. If you’re looking to save money on your checking account fees, savings account fees and other bank charges, check out the following chart to see a list of bank fees at a glance. Then, dive in and get the details about the best and worst monthly maintenance fees at top banks.

Bank More Details Savings Account Fee Checking Account Fee
Capital One Capital One Bank 360 Savings $0 360 Checking $0
fnbo direct logo FNBO Direct FNBO Direct Online Savings $0 Online Checking $0
Nationwide Bank Nationwide Online Savings $0 Nationwide Member Checking $0
TD Bank TD Simple Savings $5 TD Simple Checking $5.99
SunTrust Bank Essential Savings $0 Essential Checking $7
PNC Bank Standard Savings $5 Standard Checking $7
Bank of America Bank of America Advantage Saving Account $8 Bank of America Core Checking $12
Chase Chase Bank Chase Savings $5 Chase Total Checking $12
Citibank Citi Savings $4.50 Simple Checking $12
BB&T eSavings $0 Fundamentals $5
Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Bank Way2Save Savings $5 Everyday Checking $10
U.S. Bank Standard Savings $4 Easy Checking $6.95

Best Maintenance Fees

Here are the banks at which you’ll pay the least the least in fees. If there even are fees, there’s typically a way you can avoid them.

Capital One Bank

Capital One’s 360 Savings account charges no monthly fee, has no minimum balance and pays 0%. It’s an online-only account, and, like most savings accounts, you’re limited to six withdrawals per statement period. The 360 Checking Account also has no fees and no minimum balance, and it pays 0% APY.

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FNBO Direct

FNBO‘s Online Savings account has no monthly maintenance fee and no minimum balance requirements, and it pays a whopping 1.60% APY. Its Online Checking account also has no monthly maintenance fee, and it pays 0.65% APY. In addition, you get lots of freebies: online banking, bill pay, debit card and ATM withdrawals.

Check Out: FNBO Direct Review: Is This Online Bank Right for You?

Nationwide

Nationwide’s Online Saving Account charges a $3 monthly maintenance fee unless you maintain a $300 minimum daily balance or schedule a monthly direct deposit of at least $25. You can make a total of six transactions per month — and you’ll get two, free non-Nationwide Bank ATM visits each month. Nationwide Member Checking has no monthly maintenance fee and you get up to eight free ATM withdrawals at non-Nationwide ATMs per statement period. Keep in mind that other banks’ ATM fees might apply.

TD Bank

TD Bank’s Simple Savings account has a $5 monthly maintenance fee, which drops to $4 if you opt for online statements. If you have a $300 minimum daily balance, or you’re under 18 or over 62, you won’t have to pay the fee. The Simple Checking account has a monthly maintenance fee of $5.99, and unfortunately, there’s no way to get it waived.

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SunTrust Bank

SunTrust’s Essential Savings account has no monthly fee if you opt for online statements; otherwise, you’ll pay $3 a month for paper statements. Its Essential Checking account has a $7 monthly maintenance fee, which you can avoid by making 10 transactions per month, scheduling $500 in direct deposits each month or maintaining a $500 minimum daily balance. Students get that monthly fee waived for five years.

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PNC Bank

PNC Bank’s Standard Savings account comes with a $5 monthly service charge, which you can avoid if you maintain a $300 average monthly balance or schedule at least one automatic transfer from your checking account.

Get the Standard Checking account maintenance fee of $7 per month waived by maintaining a $500 average monthly balance, scheduling $500 each month in direct deposits, or being at least 62 years old.

Deep Dive: PNC Bank Review: Is It the Right Bank for You?

Worst Maintenance Fees

Although some of these maintenance fees aren’t terrible, they’re definitely not free, unless in some cases, you can avoid them. Here are the banks with the worst maintenance fees:

Bank of America

Bank of America’s Advantage Savings Account has a monthly maintenance fee of $8, which you can avoid if you maintain at least a $500 balance or link your account to a BofA checking account. The Core Checking account carries a monthly fee of $12. Set up a qualifying direct deposit of $250 or keep a minimum daily balance of $1,500 and you won’t pay this fee.

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Read This: How To Avoid Bank of America’s Monthly Maintenance Fees

Chase Bank

The Chase Savings account has a $5 monthly service fee. But if you have a minimum daily balance of $300 or a repeating, automatic transfer of $25 or more from your Chase checking account, you won’t pay the fee. The Chase Total Checking account comes with a $12 monthly service fee, which you can avoid in any of three ways:

  • Set up direct deposits of at least $500.
  • Keep a $1,500 minimum daily balance.
  • Maintain an average daily balance of $5,000 or more in any combination of this account and linked qualifying deposits.

The information related to Chase Savings was collected by GOBankingRates and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this product/card. Product details may vary. Please see issuer website for current information. GOBankingRates does not receive commission for this product.

Find Out: Chase Bank Review: Is It the Right Bank for You?

Citibank

The Citi Savings account has a monthly fee of $4.50, but if you maintain an average monthly balance of$500 you’ll get it waived. Citi’s Simple Checking account has a $12 monthly fee, which you can avoid several ways:

  • Make one bill payment and have one direct deposit each statement period.
  • Keep an average balance of at least $1,500 in linked accounts.
  • Maintain an average daily balance of $5,000 or more in any combination of your account and linked qualifying deposits.
  • Be at least 62 years old.

Related: Citibank Review: Is It the Right Bank for You?

BB&T

BB&T’s eSavings account has no monthly fee and no minimum balance. With BB&T’s Bright Banking checking account has a $6 per month maintenance fee, which you can avoid paying by scheduling direct deposits of $500 or more or keeping a $1,500 average balance.

Explore: BB&T Review: Range of Banking Products & Online Banking

Wells Fargo

The Way2Save savings account at Wells Fargo Bank has a monthly maintenance fee of $5, which you can avoid if you maintain a $300 minimum daily balance, set up one or more recurring savings options or are under 18. You can avoid the $10 monthly maintenance fee for the Everyday Checking account several ways:

  • Make 10 or more debit card purchases or payments per month.
  • Schedule total direct deposits of at least $500.
  • Maintain a$1,500 minimum daily balance.
  • Keep a $1,000 monthly collected balance

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US Bank

U.S. Bank’s Standard Savings account has a monthly maintenance fee of $4, which you can get waived if you keep a $300 minimum daily balance or a $1,000 monthly collected balance. The Easy Checking account has a monthly maintenance fee of $6.95 but can be waived. If you schedule combined monthly direct deposits of at least $1,000 or maintain an average balance of $1,500, you’ll pay no fee at all.

See: US Bank Review: In-Branch to Google Home Banking Options

Find the Lowest Bank Fees

You put money in a bank to earn money, not pay it. Why throw your money away on bank fees? Instead, pay attention to the fees your bank charges, learn how to avoid them, and shop around for the best checking and savings accounts for your personal situation.

Information is accurate as of Mar. 21, 2022.

Rates are subject to change; unless otherwise noted, rates are updated periodically. This article was updated on April 21, 2022, to reflect Capital One’s current APY.

Editorial Note: This content is not provided by Chase. Any opinions, analyses, reviews, ratings or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author alone and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by Chase.

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Karen Doyle is a personal finance writer with over 20 years’ experience writing about investments, money management and financial planning. Her work has appeared on numerous news and finance websites including GOBankingRates, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, USA Today, CNBC, Equifax.com, and more.
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