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18 Best 3-Year CD Rates for May 2024

Spencer Tierney
By Spencer Tierney 
Edited by Sara Clarke

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The best three-year CD rates can give a boost to short-term savings. The rates featured on this page are much higher than the national average rate of 1.42% APY for three-year CDs. See our picks below.

Why trust NerdWallet: Our writers and editors follow strict editorial guidelines to ensure fairness and accuracy in our coverage to help you choose the financial accounts that work best for you. See our criteria for evaluating banks and credit unions.

Also scroll down to see "no-penalty" CDs that allow you to withdraw your money whenever you want.

🤓Nerdy Tip

Some banks have started lowering CD yields, though overall rates remain high. With a CD, you can lock in high rates while they’re still around.

Best 3-Year CD Rates

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Alliant Credit Union Certificate
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at Alliant Credit Union, Federally insured by NCUA

Minimum deposit

$1,000

Federally insured by NCUA

APY

4.20%

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5.0

/5
Bread Savings™️ CD
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at Bread Savings, Member FDIC

Minimum deposit

$1,500

Member FDIC

APY

4.25%

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5.0

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Quontic Bank CD
Minimum deposit

$500

Member FDIC

APY

4.40%

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4.0

/5
Self-Help Credit Union Term Certificate
Minimum deposit

$500

Federally insured by NCUA

APY

4.08%

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5.0

/5
BMO Alto Certificate of Deposit
Minimum deposit

$0

Deposits are FDIC Insured

APY

4.60%

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4.0

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LendingClub CD
Minimum deposit

$2,500

Member FDIC

APY

4.30%

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4.0

/5
TAB Bank CD
Minimum deposit

$1,000

Member FDIC

APY

4.25%

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4.5

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EverBank CD
Minimum deposit

$1,000

Member FDIC

APY

4.10%

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4.0

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Connexus Credit Union Certificate
Minimum deposit

$5,000

Federally insured by NCUA

APY

4.21%

NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
Andrews Federal Credit Union Fixed Rate Share Certificates
Minimum deposit

$1,000

Federally insured by NCUA

APY

4.10%

NerdWallet rating 

4.0

/5
Ally Bank High Yield CD
Minimum deposit

$0

Member FDIC

APY

4.00%

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4.0

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Sallie Mae Bank CD
Minimum deposit

$2,500

Member FDIC

APY

4.00%

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4.0

/5
NASA Federal Credit Union Share Certificate
Minimum deposit

$1,000

Federally insured by NCUA

APY

4.25%

NerdWallet rating 

3.5

/5
Bethpage Federal Credit Union Certificate
Minimum deposit

$50

Federally insured by NCUA

APY

4.00%

Want to compare more options? Here are our other top picks:

» Want to see more options? Check out our list of the best CD rates overall

Best 3-year CD rates for May 2024

  • Bread Savings: 4.25% APY.

  • Alliant Credit Union: 4.20% APY.

  • Popular Direct: 4.55% APY.

  • BMO Alto: 4.60% APY.

  • Ally Bank: 4.00% APY.

  • Synchrony Bank: 4.15% APY.

  • Capital One: 4.00% APY.

  • Marcus by Goldman Sachs: 4.15% APY.

  • Quontic Bank: 4.40% APY.

  • Sallie Mae Bank: 4.00% APY.

  • Andrews Federal Credit Union: 4.10% APY.

  • Self-Help Credit Union: 4.08% APY.

  • LendingClub Bank: 4.30% APY.

  • TAB Bank: 4.25% APY.

  • EverBank: 4.10% APY.

  • Connexus Credit Union: 4.21% APY.

  • NASA Federal Credit Union: 4.25% APY.

  • Bethpage Federal Credit Union: 4.00% APY.

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3-year CD trends

NerdWallet picks’ average:

4.20% APY

National average:

1.42%

Another option: No-penalty CDs

When you withdraw your money from a CD before the term expires, you generally pay a penalty of at least several months’ of interest earned.

Some providers, however, allow you to withdraw your money before the term expires, with no penalty. Keep in mind that rates may be a little lower for these no-penalty CDs.

The following four banks offer no-penalty CDs (click each link to read the full review):

Last updated on May 1, 2024

Methodology

On a monthly basis, we compare rates at over 40 financial institutions, pulled from our full list, that we’ve seen to be consistently competitive. On a quarterly basis, we analyzed our full list, excluding banks that offered brokered CDs, since those accounts work differently from standard bank CDs. Higher rates might be available elsewhere.

We took a close look at over 90 financial institutions and financial service providers, including the largest U.S. banks based on assets, internet search traffic and other factors; the nation’s largest credit unions, based on assets and membership; and other notable and/or emerging players in the industry. We rated them on criteria including annual percentage yields, minimum balances, fees, digital experience and more.

Financial institutions and providers surveyed are: Affirm, All America Bank, Alliant Credit Union, Ally Bank, Amalgamated Bank, America First Credit Union, American Express National Bank, Andrews Federal Credit Union, Associated Bank, Axos Bank, Bank of America, Bank5 Connect, Bank7, Barclays, Bask Bank, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, BMO, BMO Alto, Boeing Employees Credit Union, Bread Savings, BrioDirect, Capital One, Carver Federal Savings Bank, Charles Schwab Bank, Chase, Chime, CIBC U.S., CIT Bank, Citibank, Citizens, Citizens Bank, City First Bank, Climate First Bank, Commerce Bank, Community First Credit Union of Florida, ConnectOne Bank, Connexus Credit Union, Consumers Credit Union, Current, Customers Bank, Delta Community Credit Union, Discover® Bank, E*TRADE, EverBank (formerly TIAA Bank), Fifth Third Bank, First Foundation, First National Bank, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Flagstar Bank, FNBO Direct, Global Credit Union, GO2bank, Golden 1 Credit Union, Greenwood, Hope Credit Union, Huntington Bank, Industrial Bank, Ivy Bank, Jenius Bank, KeyBank, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Laurel Road Bank, LendingClub Bank, Liberty Bank, Live Oak Bank, M&T Bank, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, NASA Federal Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union, NBKC, One, OneUnited Bank, Pentagon Federal Credit Union, PNC, Popular Direct, Quontic Bank, Regions Bank, Revolut, Salem Five Direct, Sallie Mae Bank, Santander Bank, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, Securityplus Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Credit Union, Service Credit Union, SoFi, State Employees’ Credit Union of North Carolina, Suncoast Credit Union, Synchrony Bank, TAB Bank, TD Bank, Truist Bank, U.S. Bank, UFB Direct, Upgrade, USAA Bank, Varo, Vio Bank, Wells Fargo and Zynlo Bank.

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