Highest Yielding Savings Account Rates for California, CA

Includes Online Banks, Local Banks and Credit Unions / Updated October 25, 2020

All rates listed are Annual Percentage Yield (APY).
  • FitnessBank, a division of Newton Federal Bank
    0.950% Compare Online Rate - Fitness Savings
    $100 Min. to Earn APY
  • Beal Bank USA
    0.910% Compare Bank with nearby branch - View
    $25,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • ConnectOne Bank
    0.900% Compare Online Rate - Online Savings Account
    $2,500 Min. to Earn APY
  • PNC Bank
    0.800% Compare Online Rate - Online Savings
    $1 Min. to Earn APY
  • CFG Bank
    0.800% Compare Online Rate - High Yield Money Market
    $25,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • Western State Bank
    0.750% Compare Online Rate - High Yield Money Market Account
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • First Foundation Bank
    0.750% Compare Online Rate - Online Savings Account
    $1,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • BankDirect, a division of Texas Capital Bank
    0.750% Compare Online Rate - Online Money Market
    $10,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • Prime Alliance Bank
    0.750% Compare Online Rate - Personal Savings Account
    $10,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • Heritage Bank National Association
    0.740% Compare Online Rate - Jumbo Deposit Account
    $230,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • CIBC Bank USA
    0.700% Compare Online Rate - Agility Savings Account
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • Ridgewood Savings Bank
    0.700% Compare Online Rate - Smart Move Online Savings Rate
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • Live Oak Banking Company
    0.700% Compare Online Rate - Savings Account
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • Primary Bank
    0.700% Compare Online Rate - Choice Money Market
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • Popular Direct
    0.700% Compare Online Rate - Ultimate Savings
    $5,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • Amboy Direct
    0.700% Compare Online Rate - Money Market Max More
    $30,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • BAC Florida
    0.700% Compare Online Rate - Super Saver Money Market Account
    $100,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • Incredible Bank, a division of River Valley Bank
    0.700% Compare Online Rate - Incredible Money Market
    $300,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • SFGI Direct, a division of Summit Community Bank
    0.670% Compare Online Rate - Savings Account
    $500 Min. to Earn APY
  • Vio Bank, A Division of MidFirst Bank
    0.660% Compare Online Rate - Online Savings Account
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • Transportation Alliance Bank, Inc. d/b/a TAB Bank
    0.650% Compare Online Rate - High Yield Savings
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • Freedom Bank (NJ)
    0.650% Compare Online Rate - Online Savings Account
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • Synchrony Bank
    0.650% Compare Online Rate - High Yield Savings
    $1 Min. to Earn APY
  • Alliant
    0.650% Compare Online Rate - High Rate Savings
    $5 Min. to Earn APY
  • Rising Bank, a division of Midwest BankCentre
    0.650% Compare Online Rate - Online Savings
    $1,000 Min. to Earn APY
  • American Express Bank, FSB
    0.600% Compare Online Rate - High Yield Savings Account by American Express
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
  • Axos Bank, a division of Bofi Federal Bank
    0.600% Compare Online Rate - High yield Money Market
    $0 Min. to Earn APY
All rates listed above are Annual Percentage Yield (APY). The APY rate in a savings account or money market account is a variable rate that is subject to change at any point.

The 5 Most Recognized Online Banks

Marcus by Goldman Sachs

Marcus, the online banking arm of Goldman Sachs, offers high Savings and No Penalty CD rates with no transaction fees ever. Throughout its existence, Marcus has been consistently interest rate competitive and offered super fast ACH transfers (although you can also deposit by check or wire transfer), easy web access and strong customer service. While the FDIC only insures an individual’s account balances to $250,000, you can maintain up to $1 million in a Marcus account.

Citizens Access

A subsidiary of Citizens Bank, Citizens Access is a new entrant as of 2018 in the online banking space. Accounts here have been consistently competitive and Citizens Access never charge any fees so long as you maintain a $5,000 balance.

Ally Bank

Ally Bank is the former GMAC bank but its strong advertising campaign has built an independent name recognition over the last decade. The bank today is known for its great customer service, user-friendly mobile apps, and low CD early withdrawal penalties. Once you open an Ally account, you also have access to offers on their suite of other products, including Ally Invest, a recently launched online trading platform.


Purepoint is a subsidiary of a MUFJ Union Bank that is itself a subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, one of the largest banks in the world. It offers aggressive online savings rates to those with over $10,000 to deposit and a web experience that is generally well received. Many customers rave about the lightening fast ACH transfers, but others note that higher rates are frequently offered to California residents who may by more inclined to use Union Bank for other services.

Synchrony Bank

Synchrony Bank, formerly GE Capital Retail Bank, has offered very competitive online savings and CD rates for some time and is well recognized for its strong customer service. A Synchrony account gives access to a travel discount program and an ATM card for easier access to your cash. However, the bank lacks a mobile app and the website can be frustrating.

Summary of Online Savings Rates

Bank Institution Interest Rate (APY) Minimum Balance
for APY
Best For
FitnessBank, a division of Affinity Bank 0.95% $100 Fitness Savings
ConnectOne Bank 0.90% $2,500 Online Savings Account
PNC Bank 0.80% $1 Online Savings
CFG Bank 0.80% $25,000 High Yield Money Market
Western State Bank 0.75% $0 High Yield Money Market Account
First Foundation Bank 0.75% $1,000 Online Savings Account


What is a savings account?

A savings account is an interest-bearing bank account that allows you to preserve your cash. Your cash is secure as long as you remain within FDIC limits (or NCUA limits for federal credit unions).

What is a money market account?

A money market account is virtually identical to a savings account, except not bound by certain transaction restrictions (the most significant of which is a limit of 6 outbound transactions to outside bank accounts per month). Rates&Info does not distinguish between savings accounts and money market accounts. We list the best rates above for both products above.

Is my money safe in a saving or money market account?

As long as your total deposit accounts (savings, checking, CDs, etc.) with each bank do not exceed $250,000 for each ownership category, your deposits are insured in full by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) which is backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Learn more here. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) provides similar insurance for deposits with its member credit unions.

How do I find the best high interest savings account?

The table above lists the best online bank accounts with high interest rates. It also lists the highest yielding money market accounts and the best high yield savings account rates at banks and credit unions near you. By listing all of these rates on one table, Rates&Info enables you to determine the best bank for your savings account based on not just the best high yield savings rates that are available to you but also the convenience of a local branch.

What is the best online bank for savings?

The five most recognized online banks for savings in the US are currently Ally Bank, Barclays Bank Delaware, CIT Bank, Goldman Sachs Bank and Synchrony Bank. All of these have low account opening requirements and low or no minimum account maintenance requirements. The rates at these banks can vary. This table shows you which of these banks, and others, have the highest online savings account rates. Customer service levels, website and mobile app functionality, and transfer speeds also vary widely. User reviews on other websites may help you to determine which of these is the best for your needs.

What is the best easy access savings account? What is the best bank for savings accounts? What is the best regular savings account for me?

Many people still prefer to keep their money at local credit unions and local banks because they prefer personal (not telephonic or internet-based) interaction with their banks, want to build a relationship with a local banker for other transactional matters, and often need cash or cashier’s checks instantly. The table above demonstrates all of the rates in one table so that you can compare rates at these institutions with online rates. If online rates are more competitive than those rates at banks and credit unions near you, you should consider opening a savings account at a bank with a branch near you and tying it to an online savings account where you can keep cash above those minimum levels required by your local bank or credit union.

How do I open an online savings account?

Opening an online savings account or money market account is simple. Online banks first verify your identity through a driver’s license or other ID and a credit pull from Experian or Equifax (usually soft). You will then need to fund the account through mailing a check or entering an ABA and account number from an account that you may have at another bank (a funding account). Confirming ownership of the funding account requires entering your username and password for that account or confirming the amounts of one or two small test deposits after they have arrived.

What is the best fixed-rate savings account?

Savings rates can be lowered or raised at any time by the bank or credit union at their discretion. That is the nature of the product. If you have cash that you are extremely unlikely to require access to and seek a higher rate of return, you should consider a certificate of deposit (CD). You can compare CD rates at online banks, local banks and credit unions here.

What is the best child savings account?

A child savings account is a great way to teach children about the importance of saving money. This is a hard lesson to teach when rates are so low (and remain below real inflation rates)! Although some online banks (Ally and Capital One 360) offer these accounts, local banks are usually better set up for child savings accounts. Depending on the state in which you reside, a guardian (usually a parent) is required to open the account and to oversee the account until the age of 18 or 21. Because of the documentation required, you should consider opening a child savings account at a bank with which you or your spouse already have a banking relationship.

The graph above shows how the average rates for online savings accounts have trended over the last several years.

Important Savings and CD Terminology

Annual Percentage Yield (APY) - The percentage amount ordinarily advertised on interest-bearing deposit accounts (savings accounts, checking accounts and CDs). Truth in Savings regulations require this number be reported and it reflects the total interest to be received over a 365-day year, regardless of the bank's own method of compounding (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.). Therefore, the use of APY creates a level playing field through which to compare returns from bank accounts and CDs that may use differing compounding methodology.

Basis point - One percentage point of one percent. The difference between 2.00% and 2.01% is one basis point. The difference between 2.00% and 2.02% is two basis points. The difference between 2.00% and 2.50% is fifty basis points.

Current Yield - The percentage return on a bond or CD based on its current market price and its original interest rate. A bond or CD for which you paid $1,000 and that pays you $60 annually would have a current yield of 6%. A bond or CD for which you paid $1,000 and that pays you $30 semi-annually with the $30 annual payments accruing interest so that it pays $31.80 in the second annual payment also has a current yield of 6%, but it has an APY of 6.18%.

Discount - The amount under face value paid for a security. A security trading at 99% of face value is said to be trading at a 1% discount under par. A security trading exactly at 100% of face value is trading at par value. A CD trading above the face or par value trades at a premium. Brokered CDs may trade at a discount or premium (and these are not recommended), but discounts or premiums on CDs are exceptionally rare.

Issuer - The entity that issues a debt security and is obligated to pay interest and principal. Except with brokered CDs (not recommended), bank CDs are issued only by the issuer, its parent entity or an entity in the same corporate family. Especially with online banks, you need to know who the parent company is as that is the issuer of CDs (and bank under whose FDIC certificate savings accounts are held). It is important to know the issuer in order to avoid exceeding FDIC (or NCUA) insurance limits. For example, IGoBanking, BankPurely and GiftsforBanking.com are all trade names for a single issuer (Flushing Bank).

Laddering - A hedging technique for reducing the impact of interest-rate risk by structuring a portfolio with different instruments that mature at different dates. CD laddering involves protecting from the impact of a dramatic move in interest rates by buying CDs with different maturities.

Liquidity - The ability to quickly convert an investment into cash. A savings or money market account that you can withdraw money from at any given moment without a penalty always offers the best liquidity. Other investments that allow quick conversion to cash, such as a No Penalty CD, can also offer excellent liquidity. CDs generally are less liquid than savings, but may offer a certain amount of liquidity if the bank allows withdrawal with payment of a reasonable early withdrawal penalty. Long-term bonds are generally considered less liquid (some bonds aren’t liquid at all). Real estate investments are perhaps the least liquid investment class.

Maturity - The date on which the issuer of a security, such as a CD, is obligated to redeem the security (exchange the security for cash in the amount of face value plus accrued interest).

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