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EE bonds interest rates for bonds issued from 1980 through April 1995

EE bonds earn interest until the first of these events: You cash in the bond or it reaches 30 years old. Therefore, many of these bonds have stopped earning interest.

If you moved your EE bond into a TreasuryDirect account, we pay you for the bond as soon as it reaches 30 years and stops earning interest.

If you still have a paper EE bond, check the issue date. If that date is more than 30 years ago, it is no longer increasing in value and you may want to cash it. See Cashing EE and I savings bonds.

To find out how much your EE savings bond is worth, use our Savings Bond Calculator.

The calculator will also tell you

  • when the bond stopped or will stop earning interest (Final Maturity)
  • if the bond is still earning, when we will next add that interest (Next Accrual)

If my bond is still earning interest, does it matter when I cash it?

Yes. Your EE bond earns interest every month, but we add that interest money to the bond's value only twice a year.

If you cash your bond in the middle of a 6-month interest-earning period, you do not get the partial interest payment. You get the value of the bond as of the last time we added the interest.

Therefore, if you want to cash an EE bond from this period (1980 through April 1995) while it is still earning interest, you may want to do so just after we have added a 6-month interest payment.

The date we add interest depends on the month in which we issued your bond. Use this table to see when interest is added to your EE bond.

If we issued your bond in Your interest is added on
January January 1 and July 1
February February 1 and August 1
March March 1 and September 1
April April 1 and October 1
May May 1 and November 1
June June 1 and December 1
July July 1 and January 1
August August 1 and February 1
September September 1 and March 1
October October 1 and April 1
November November 1 and May 1
December December 1 and June 1

How did (does) my bond increase in value?

The original price of EE bonds that we sold from 1980 through April 1995 was one-half its face value. (For example, a $50 bond cost $25.)

The bond started to earn interest on its cost (not on its face value).

As we said above, twice a year, every year, we added all the interest the bond earned in the previous 6 months to the bond.

That gave the bond a new value every 6 months (old value + interest earned).

Over the next 6 months, we applied the new interest rate to that entire new value.

This is called semiannually compounding (adding value 2 times a year). That way, your money has been growing not just from the interest percentage but from the fact that the interest is calculated on a growing balance.

If the bond is still earning interest, we continue this semiannual compounding.

How do we figure the interest rate for these bonds?

EE bonds that we issued before May 1995 earned (or are still earning) interest in one of 2 ways, either

  • at a guaranteed rate or rates
  • at a market-based rate (85% of 6-month averages of 5-year Treasury security yields)

For each bond, we calculate which of these 2 ways gives the bond its highest value if we use that way by itself over the entire time you have held the bond.

Understanding the 2 ways we figure interest

Sometimes it helps to think about how these savings bonds earn interest by seeing 2 parallel, but entirely separate and independent, interest-earning paths, both starting on a certain date.

For EE bonds issued from November 1982 through April 1995, that date is the issue date of the bond.

  • On one path, the bond earns interest only at a guaranteed rate or rates for the entire period.
  • On the other path, the bond earns interest only at market-based rates for the entire period.

In other words, we compare the cumulative effect of applying only market-based rates for the entire period to the cumulative effect of applying only the guaranteed rate(s) for that entire period.

Knowing the guaranteed interest rate(s) for my bond

The easiest way to find out how much an EE bond from before May 1995 is worth is to use the Savings Bond Calculator.

If you want to figure out for yourself or to understand how your bond grew in value by the guaranteed interest rate path, you will be interested in this information. Each EE savings bond from this period had an original guaranteed rate that lasted for 9 to 18 years. It then had a new guaranteed rate for all its years after that until it stopped earning interest.

Part 1: Interest during the original maturity period. The guaranteed rate depends on the date we issued the bond because that gives the bond's original maturity period and the rate we guaranteed for that time.

This table tells you the rates and length of time the bonds earned that rate:

EE bond issue date Overall rate of return
originally guaranteed for
original maturity period
Original maturity period
March 1993 – April 1995 4% per year,
compounded semiannually
18 years
November 1986 – February 1993 6% per year,
compounded semiannually
12 years
November 1982 – October 1986 7.5% per year,
compounded semiannually
10 years
May 1981 – October 1982 9% per year,
compounded semiannually
8 years
November 1980 – April 1981 8% per year,
compounded semiannually
9 years
January 1980 – October 1980 7% per year,
compounded semiannually
11 years

Part 2. Interest rate after the original maturity date. The rate could change after the original maturity date. For all EE bonds that we issued before May 1995, the rate for the time after the bond reached its original maturity period has been 4 percent.

What is the market-based rate for bonds that we issued before May 1995?

Every May 1 and November 1, we calculate the market rate to apply to these EE bonds.

We base the rate on the 5-year Treasury securities yield and then set the rate this way:

  • Take 85 percent of the average of these yields for the applicable earning period.
  • Round the rate to the nearest one-hundredth of one percent for bonds issued May 1989 and later, and for bonds and notes which entered an extended maturity period on or after that date. Otherwise, round the rate to the nearest one-quarter of one percent.

We then apply the resulting rate to the entire period for which the bond is entitled to market-based earnings.

Date we set the market rate for these EE bonds 5-year Treasury securities yield we use to set the rate
Remember that we take 85% of this number and then round it, as we describe above.
November 1, 2022 3.32%
May 1, 2022 1.78%
November 1, 2021 0.86%
May 1, 2021 0.58%
November 1, 2020 0.31%
May 1, 2020 1.20%
November 1, 2019 1.74%
May 1, 2019 2.56%
November 1, 2018 2.84%
May 1, 201 2.42%
November 1, 2017 1.84%
May 1, 2017 1.87%
November 1, 2016 1.19%
May 1, 2016 1.46%
November 1, 2015 1.55%
May 1, 2015 1.50%
November 1, 2014 1.65%
May 1, 2014 1.58%
November 1, 2013 1.32%
May 1, 2013 0.76%
November 1, 2012 0.70%
May 1, 2012 0.90%
November 1, 2011 1.32%
May 1, 2011 1.97%
November 1, 2010 1.67%
May 1, 2010 2.40%
November 1, 2009 2.43%
May 1, 2009 1.83%
November 1, 2008 3.12%
May 1, 2008 3.04%
November 1, 2007 4.57%
May 1, 2007 4.61%
November 1, 2006 4.88%
May 1, 2006 4.56%
November 1, 2005 4.01%
May 1, 2005 3.80%
November 1, 2004 3.61%
May 1, 2004 3.16%
November 1, 2003 2.90%
May 1, 2003 2.96%
November 1, 2002 3.61%
May 1, 2002 4.40%
November 1, 2001 4.52%
May 1, 2001 5.00%
November 1, 2000 6.16%
May 1, 2000 6.36%
November 1, 1999 5.77%
May 1, 1999 4.79%
November 1, 1998 5.11%
May 1, 1998 5.62%
November 1, 1997 6.21%
May 1, 1997 6.31%
November 1, 1996 6.51%
May 1, 1996 5.70%
November 1, 1995 6.08%
May 1, 1995 7.42%
November 1, 1994 6.96%
May 1, 1994 5.53%
November 1, 1993 5.00%
May 1, 1993 5.62%
November 1, 1992 5.93%
May 1, 1992 6.56%
November 1, 1991 7.50%
May 1, 1991 7.73%
November 1, 1990 8.46%
May 1, 1990 8.25%
November 1, 1989 8.21%
May 1, 1989 9.19%
November 1, 1988 8.65%
May 1, 1988 8.12%
November 1, 1987 8.44%
May 1, 1987 6.87%
November 1, 1986 7.13%
May 1, 1986 8.26%
November 1, 1985 9.83%
May 1, 1985 11.17%
November 1, 1984 12.87%
May 1, 1984 11.71%
November 1, 1983 11.04%
May 1, 1983 10.17%
November 1, 1982 13.05%

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