How Much Interest on 1 Million Pounds?

If you are lucky enough to have £1million burning a hole in your pocket then congratulations! We lesser mortals will just have to imagine what that is like. However, an interesting question is just how much interest on 1 million pounds is achievable?

The interest you can earn on £1 million is dependent on the interest rate and the term. A 5% interest rate will earn £51,162 in one year or £983 in one week.

These days with interest rates at an all-time low, as you will see below, it’s tougher than ever to make money from money. Let’s take a look in more detail at the interest rates and terms below. You can also try out this compound interest calculator to try out other amounts and monthly contribution options.

The figures below have been updated in line with the UK interest rates rise in December 2021.

Now let’s look at the interest you could earn on £1 million.

How Much Interest on £1 million at BOE Base rate 0.25%?

Starting with a lump sum of £1 million and with the interest rate at a near all-time low of 0.25%, the interest you would earn would be quite paltry. Although the Bank of England rate is 0.25%, this does not mean that you will get a savings account at this rate. This is just the rate at which the Bank lends money. As such it is designed to encourage borrowing from the Bank in order to boost the economy. It’s bad news for savers, but good news for those on mortgages that are linked to the base rate.

Interest on £1mRate 0.25%
Per Day£6.86
Per Week£48.13
Per Year£2,503

How Much is 1 Million Pounds?

To put things into perspective, let’s look at just how much 1 million pounds actually is.
At the current UK average salary equating to £585 per week, it would take you over 1,700 weeks to earn a million. That’s almost 33 years of hard graft!
In currency terms, £1 Million Sterling currently equates to 1,103,200 Euros or 1,352,250 US dollars (figures correct 19th December 2020).

How Much Interest on £1 million at 2.5%

Let’s shift the interest rate up a bit. In years gone by, 2.5% would have been seen as fairly modest growth on a savings account, but since the crash of 2008 a rate of this size is seen as very generous. But what sort of numbers could we see at this rate? Even a shift of just over a couple of percentage points could provide you with something approaching the average UK salary – and we’re approaching numbers where you could as it were ‘live off the interest’.

Interest on £1mRate 2.5%
Per Day£69
Per Week£486
Per Year£25,288

How Much Interest on £1 million at 5%?

These days, you won’t get 5% on traditional savings accounts for love or money. If you are looking for this kind of growth, you would have to look at an investment. Incidentally, 5% is, there or thereabouts the median growth rate that many investment firms present in the documentation for their investment plans so it’s a good number to look at.

Looking at these numbers, you are looking at what amounts to a very generous salary approaching a grand per week. Certainly enough for most people to live on anywhere in the UK.

Interest on £1mRate 5.0%
Per Day£140
Per Week£983
Per Year£51,162

How Much Interest on £1 million at 1980s rates of 15%?

What if you could go back in time to the early 1980s when interest rates were mind-bogglingly high? Back then, Margaret Thatcher had just gone into power, inflation was soaring and interest rates were at an enormous 15%. You could have made a blistering £160k in interest alone (a king’s ransom back in the eighties). The day rate would have been £440 – almost half what you would earn in a YEAR at today’s interest rates.

Interest on £1mRate 15.0%
Per Day£440
Per Week£3,091
Per Year£160,755

Try It Yourself Using This Interest Rates Calculator


How much interest on 5 million pounds?

At a rate of 2.5%, 5 million pounds would earn £126,442 in interest in a year. A 5% interest rate would earn £255,809 in a year. The current Bank of England base rate interest is 0.25% and would earn just over £5,000 in one year.

What would interest be on 1 million dollars?

At the current Federal Reserve upper-interest rate (as of March 2021) of 0.25%, $1 million dollars would earn $2,502 in interest over the course of a year.

How much money do I need to live off the interest?

How much do you need? Is £30,000 per year enough? At an interest rate of 1%, you will need £3,000,000 in the bank to generate £30k in a year. However, if you can generate returns of 3%, you would only need £1million to generate a similar sum.

How much interest per day on 1 million pounds?

A 2.5% interest rate could pocket you £69 per day with £1million in the bank. However, Bank of England current base rates of 0.1% would only earn £2.74 per day. Barely enough for a coffee!

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