DepositAccounts.com Releases 2018 Bank Fee Burden Ranking

CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DepositAccounts.com, a subsidiary of LendingTree, released its 2018 Bank Fee Burden Ranking on the places with the highest and lowest bank fees in the U.S.

Checking account fee data from 1,711 banks and credit unions with branches in 50 of the largest U.S. metro areas was analyzed using DepositAccounts.com’s proprietary database of depository product data. Checking account fee data from online banks was also analyzed. The study focused on three of the most common checking account fees: overdraft fees, third-party ATM fees and monthly service fees.

Key findings from the analysis:

  • Florida has some of the highest bank fees overall – with West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa and Miami receiving the highest Bank Fee Burden Scores.
  • Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, Kansas City and St. Louis have some of the lowest fees in the country, with the lowest Bank Fee Burden Scores among the 50 metros DepositAccounts.com analyzed.
  • Harrisburg has the highest overdraft fees at $36.14 versus the national average of $33.97.
  • Philadelphia has the highest third-party ATM fees at $2.58 versus the national average of $2.28.
  • New Orleans has the highest monthly fees at $7.17 versus the national average of $4.58.

Lowest Fees at Online Banks and Credit Unions

For all three fees, online banks had the lowest fee averages. Credit unions’ averages were higher, and the average fees at brick-and-mortar banks were the highest. The study shows that consumers will benefit from lower checking account fees by choosing online banks and credit unions over brick-and-mortar banks.

The average overdraft fees at online banks, credit unions and brick-and-mortar banks were close to each other. The averages ranged from $27.37 for online banks to $34.91 for brick-and-mortar banks. The average overdraft fee for credit unions ($29.22) was between the two, but it was closer to the online bank average than the brick-and-mortar bank average.

More variation occurred in third-party ATM fee averages. These ranged from $0.30 for online banks to $2.41 for brick-and-mortar banks. The average fee for credit unions was $1.46. The variation was attributed to a number of online banks and credit unions which do not charge third-party ATM fees. These brought down the averages at both online banks and credit unions.

The study also found a large variation between the averages of monthly service fees. These averages ranged from $0.78 for online banks to $5.12 for brick-and-mortar banks. Credit unions fell in the middle with an average of $1.38. The low averages for online banks and credit unions were due to institutions with checking accounts that had no monthly service fees.

 Overdraft Fee

 ATM Fee

 Monthly Fee

All banks and credit unions

$33.97

$2.28

$4.58

Bricks and mortar banks

$34.91

$2.41

$5.12

Credit unions

$29.22

$1.46

$1.38

Online banks

$27.37

$0.30

$0.78

“One way to reduce and avoid bank fees is to use online banks or credit unions instead of brick-and-mortar banks,” said Ken Tumin, founder of DepositAccounts.com. “Checking accounts at online banks and credit unions tend to have lower overdraft fees, ATM fees and monthly service fees than checking accounts at brick-and-mortar banks. Also, they are more likely not to charge third-party ATM fees or monthly service fees.”

For the full report on the 2018 Bank Fee Burden Ranking, visit https://www.depositaccounts.com/blog/2018-bank-fee-burden-rankings-places-highest-lowest-bank-fees.html.

Rank

Metro                 

Bank
Fee
Burden
Score

Overdraft
Fee

ATM
Fee

Monthly
Fee

Rank –
Overdraft
Fee

Rank –
ATM
Fee

Rank –
Monthly
Fee

1

West Palm Beach

95

$35.06

$2.48

$6.36

4

4

3

2

Orlando

83

$34.76

$2.42

$5.60

12

7

9

3

Tampa

78

$34.73

$2.40

$5.36

13

11

12

4

Miami

77

$34.66

$2.32

$6.26

16

17

4

5

Phoenix

77

$34.44

$2.38

$6.24

20

12

5

6

Philadelphia

76

$34.71

$2.58

$4.56

14

1

24

7

Las Vegas

73

$33.95

$2.36

$6.50

27

14

2

8

Washington

73

$34.79

$2.41

$4.31

9

8

27

9

Atlanta

72

$34.81

$2.24

$5.96

8

30

7

10

Baltimore

70

$34.91

$2.43

$3.75

6

6

36

11

Columbus

69

$34.87

$2.45

$3.61

7

5

38

12

Chicago

69

$34.78

$2.38

$4.47

11

13

26

13

Cleveland

67

$35.24

$2.52

$2.96

3

2

47

14

Detroit

65

$34.79

$2.41

$3.72

10

9

37

15

Cincinnati

63

$35.04

$2.40

$3.42

5

10

43

16

New York

62

$34.47

$2.25

$4.95

19

27

14

17

Pittsburgh

60

$35.25

$2.34

$3.19

2

16

45

18

Milwaukee

60

$33.75

$2.30

$4.84

28

19

16

19

Indianapolis

59

$34.43

$2.49

$3.50

21

3

40

20

San Francisco Bay

59

$33.34

$2.29

$6.02

37

21

6

21

Nashville

59

$34.62

$2.35

$4.06

17

15

33

22

Hartford

57

$34.70

$2.32

$4.05

15

18

34

23

Memphis

56

$34.53

$2.24

$4.60

18

29

22

24

San Diego

53

$33.37

$2.23

$5.61

35

31

8

25

Dallas

52

$33.97

$2.17

$5.29

26

36

13

26

Harrisburg

52

$36.14

$2.26

$2.39

1

24

50

27

Sacramento

51

$33.53

$2.20

$5.43

33

33

10

28

Jacksonville

49

$34.28

$2.10

$4.89

24

41

15

29

Birmingham

48

$33.97

$2.13

$4.82

25

39

17

30

Greenville

47

$33.48

$2.24

$4.68

34

28

20

31

Houston

47

$33.37

$2.18

$5.41

36

35

11

32

Louisville

46

$34.39

$2.29

$3.53

22

23

39

33

Portland

45

$33.28

$2.26

$4.66

38

26

21

34

Charlotte

41

$33.17

$2.26

$4.24

39

25

28

35

New Orleans

41

$32.96

$1.84

$7.17

42

49

1

36

Austin

40

$33.63

$2.02

$4.80

30

45

18

37

Raleigh

40

$31.87

$2.29

$4.51

48

20

25

38

Seattle

37

$32.33

$2.29

$4.23

46

22

29

39

Denver

35

$33.62

$2.13

$4.18

31

40

30

40

Boston

33

$33.54

$2.16

$3.94

32

37

35

41

Minneapolis

31

$33.69

$2.18

$3.41

29

34

44

42

Albuquerque

31

$32.33

$2.06

$4.79

45

43

19

43

Greensboro

30

$32.63

$2.10

$4.56

43

42

23

44

Norfolk

27

$33.13

$2.23

$3.44

40

32

41

45

Grand Rapids

25

$34.33

$2.02

$2.46

23

44

49

46

San Antonio

21

$32.50

$1.94

$4.09

44

46

31

47

St. Louis

21

$33.00

$1.84

$4.08

41

48

32

48

Kansas City

11

$32.28

$1.87

$3.43

47

47

42

49

Salt Lake City

11

$29.01

$2.13

$2.81

50

38

48

50

Oklahoma City

5

$29.13

$1.31

$3.06

49

50

46

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About DepositAccounts.com
DepositAccounts.com is the largest and most comprehensive online publication in the U.S. dedicated to banking and deposits product information for consumers. It covers every federally insured bank and credit union and utilizes its patented technology to track approximately 275,000 consumer deposit rates, each updated nightly. The site features more than 11,000 editorial articles detailing depository strategies and highlighting current bank rates and offers. It is also home to one of the largest communities of depositors on the Web, hosting more than 100,000 comments, customer reviews, and forum threads.

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