Big bank executives earned huge salaries in 2022, while they gave their depositors nearly nothing in interest on their cash. Of the average 20 largest banks in the U.S., the average CEO salary was about $18 million in 2022. Meanwhile, the average savings account earned a meager 0.13% throughout the year according to the St. Louis Fed. This means that on a $10,000 savings balance, you would have earned $13 over the course of the year.
And while depositors continue to get the short end of the stick, those same CEOs earned a cumulative $360 million in total compensation in 2022 alone.
Here’s what you should know about big bank CEO salaries, where current savings account interest rates are at, and how you can earn more on your cash — including the M1 High Yield Savings Account. It offers an industry-leading 5.00% APY* and $5 million in FDIC insurance2.
Bank CEOs continue to rake in cash, while paying customers almost nothing
Despite the economic uncertainty in 2022, executives of large banks continued to make serious coin. I scoured the internet looking for information on the top 20 banks and their leaders’ salaries in 2022, and here’s what I found:
- The below CEOs made about $18 million in total compensation in 2022
- The salaries range from $8 million to nearly $40 million in 2022
|Bank Name / Holding Co Name
|2022 Compensation (M)
|JPMORGAN CHASE BK NA/JPMORGAN CHASE & CO
|BANK OF AMER NA/BANK OF AMER CORP
|WELLS FARGO BK NA/WELLS FARGO & CO
|Charles “Charlie” W. Scharf
|U S BK NA/U S BC
|TRUIST BK/TRUIST FC
|William H Rogers Jr
|PNC BK NA/PNC FNCL SVC GROUP
|GOLDMAN SACHS BK USA/GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP THE
|David M. Solomon
|CAPITAL ONE NA/CAPITAL ONE FC
|T D BK NA/TD GRP US HOLDS LLC
|BANK OF NY MELLON/BANK OF NY MELLON CORP
|STATE STREET B&TC/STATE STREET CORP
|BMO HARRIS BK NA/BMO FNCL CORP
|David R. Casper
|CITIZENS BK NA/CITIZENS FNCL GRP
|Bruce Van Saun
|FIRST-CITIZENS B&TC/FIRST CITIZENS BSHRS
|Frank Holding, Jr.
|FIFTH THIRD BK NA/FIFTH THIRD BC
|MORGAN STANLEY BK NA/MORGAN STANLEY
|James P. Gorman
|MANUFACTURERS & TRADERS TC/M&T BK CORP
|René F. Jones
|Christopher M. Gorman
|HUNTINGTON NB/HUNTINGTON BSHRS
|Stephen D Steinour
|ALLY BK/ALLY FNCL
Moreover, these massive salaries are even a pay cut for some after a soaring bull market in 2021 where bank CEOs saw major jumps in their institutions stock price. And unfortunately, those rising stock values and major profits post-pandemic have not found their way back to their customer’s pockets. And to add salt to the wound, many large banks have had layoffs during the recent economic struggles.
So the leaders of said banks continue to get extremely wealthy, and give their most important people — their customers — little to no interest. And they do this because they can.
Why big banks offer so little in interest
One reason people believe banks can offer their customers so little in return is because they know it’s extremely unlikely for consumers to move banks — and the banks use that to pay near-zero to their depositors.
A recent GOBankingRates survey indicated 65% of Americans were not looking to move banks. A large reason for this could easily be attributed to inertia. Consumers find it largely difficult to move from one financial institution to another. And the sometimes poor customer service, complicated processes, and lack of transparency could create friction for consumers to simply stay put and accept what their current bank is giving them. In fact, consumers stick with the same checking account for over 17 years — according to Bankrate.
In short, bank CEOs are giving consumers little to no return because they simply don’t have to. But staying with one bank rather than switching could be costing you big.
The opportunity cost of low interest
In 2019, the Survey for Consumer Finances found that the average American family had roughly $41,600 in total transaction accounts (i.e., checking, savings, money markets).
That $41,600 in a Chase savings account (currently at 0.01% APY) would earn you about $4 over the course of a year. At this rate, you would quickly be losing money due to inflation, and continue to line the pockets of Chase’s executives.
That same $41,600 in the M1 High Yield Savings Account at 5.00% APY with an M1 Plus membership would earn a staggering $2,080 if you kept it in the account for a full year. And even subtracting the $36 annual fee for M1 Plus would leave you with $1,985 in interest.
And even if you don’t have $41,600 to stow away in a high yield savings account, it’s worth checking to see if your bank is giving you any sort of meaningful return on your savings. If not, consider moving over to M1 to get the interest you deserve, rather than help fill the pockets of bank executives.
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