What is a Salary Account?

What is a Salary Account?

Salary Accounts are a convenient way of paying the monthly salaries from the employer to the employee. It not only makes it easy for the employer, but also gives ‘Salary Account’ benefits to the employee.

By definition, a Salary Account is a type of Savings Account, in which the employer of the account holder deposits a fixed amount of money as ‘salary’ every month.

Who can open a Salary Account?

A business (employer) has to tie-up with a bank to open Salary Accounts for its employees. Every month the amount payable as salaries are transferred in bulk into all respective accounts. If you do not have an account with the bank your employer has a tie-up with, then the employer can assist in opening an account there.

Therefore, a Salary Account cannot be opened by just any individual; it has to be a tie-in between a business and a bank.

Benefits of a Salary Account

A Salary Account offers more benefits (compared to savings account) as it is more profitable to the bank due to its nature of receiving a fixed amount of money every month. This makes it a fixed source of CASA, which augurs well for the bank’s business.

The benefits that a Salary Account holder receives, may vary from bank-to-bank. Within a single bank too, there may be different types of Salary Accounts offering various benefits. However, there are certain common benefits that come with a Salary Account – zero minimum balance, free cheque book / passbook / e-statements, Debit Cards, NetBanking, Phone Banking, online fund transfer, Demat Account/services, loan conveniences, Credit Card offers, utility bill payments, etc.

Difference between Salary Account and Savings account

A Salary Account is a type of Savings Account, but there are a few differences between two:

Salary Account

Savings Account

Can be opened only by an employer

Can be opened by any eligible individual

Zero-balance account

Minimum balance needs to be maintained on monthly/quarterly basis

More benefits to the account holder

Benefits offered usually have a fee attached

Main purpose: monthly credit of salary

Main purpose: encouraging savings

Interest between 3-6% paid

Interest between 3-6% paid

Conversion of accounts

If your salary is not credited in the Salary Account for three successive months, then your account is converted from a Regular Salary Account to a Regular Savings Account. Therefore, it is obvious that all the facilities and benefits associated with the Salary Account are replaced by that of a Regular Savings Account.

On the other hand, if you join a company that has a Salary Account tie-up with a bank in which you already hold a Savings Account, then on request, the bank can convert it into a Salary Account.

Other features

Besides the monthly salary credit in the Salary Account, you can also

  • deposit cash and cheques in it (if amount of cash deposited is large, declaration of the source is needed)
  • transfer money to and from the Salary Account
  • withdraw money

Read more on how to deposit cash in your Salary Account.

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* The information provided in this article is generic in nature and for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for specific advice in your own circumstances.