Banking consumers had to dig deeper into their pocket again last year, as ATM fees climbed to a record high for the 11th consecutive year, according to the latest Bankrate.com checking study.
The average total cost of an out-of-network ATM withdrawal is now $4.69, an increase of 2.6% from $4.57 last year. ATM fees soared 55% over the past decade, according to Bankrate, which has surveyed non-interest and interest accounts for 20 years.
Consumers usually get stuck with two different fees when they use an out-of-network ATM: the surcharge assessed by the ATM owner on a non-customer and the fee charged by the account-holder’s own bank for using another bank’s ATM.
The average ATM surcharge reached a record for the 13th straight year, rising to $2.97 from $2.90 last year. The average fee charged by a consumer’s own bank for going outside the ATM network increased 3% to $1.72, also a new high, according to Bankrate.
Consumers are dealing with other elevated fees related to bank transactions. After seeing a slight dip in 2016, the average overdraft fee has bounced back to a new high of $33.38, up from $33.04 last year. The number of banks that increased their fee outnumbered those who lowered it by seven to one.
Consumers in Pittsburgh are faced with the highest average out-of-network ATM fee ($5.19) of all the top 25 major metro areas, while those in Dallas have the lowest ($4.07). Patrons in Philadelphia are saddled with the highest average overdraft fee ($35.30), compared with San Francisco whose overdraft fees are the most lenient ($31.44 on average).
The survey group consisted of a total of 10 banks and thrifts in each of 25 large U.S. markets; one interest and one non-interest account, as well as their associated ATM and debit card fee policies were surveyed from 247 institutions offering checking accounts; 241 interest and 240 non-interest accounts were surveyed between July 27 and August 18, 2017.
Highest Average ATM Fee by Metro Area*
|2. New York||$5.14|
|3. Washington, D.C.||$5.11|
Lowest Average ATM Fee by Metro Area*
|23. San Francisco||$4.23|
*Reflects both ATM fees combined (those charged by the ATM operator and those charged by the consumer’s own financial institution).
Highest Average Overdraft Fee by Metro
|4. New York||$34.63|
|5. San Diego||$34.22|
Lowest Average Overdraft Fee by Metro
|22. St. Louis||$31.85|
|25. San Francisco||$31.44|