Creator fees overview

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Whether you’re just getting started or have been running memberships on Patreon for years, this guide explains all fees you, as a creator, can expect while using Patreon to offer paid memberships or selling digital products through Commerce.

If you’re looking to learn more about fees for selling digital products, please visit Commerce pricing, fees and taxes

Platform fees

The platform fee covers the use of Patreon’s platform and is a percentage of successfully processed membership/commerce payments. We calculate your platform fee based on the payment amount, excluding sales tax.

  • The platform fee on Commerce digital sales is 5% of successfully processed sales
  • For membership payments, the platform fee percentage depends on your platform plan. Check the platform plans below:

Current platform plans

Starting 4 October 2023, creators who were already on the Lite plan before 21 June 2023 will have access to all of the features available on our Pro plan at their existing 5% platform fee. Visit our Lite deprecation FAQs for more information.
Founders Pro Premium
Patreon’s original plan only for creators who joined before May 2019.

A core set of tools to help you earn an income for your creative work directly from your community.

Dedicated coaching and support, plus premium features that save you time and reward your members.

5% of the income you earn on Patreon

plus payment processing, currency conversion, payout fees and applicable taxes.

8% of the income you earn on Patreon 

plus payment processing, currency conversion, payout fees and applicable taxes.

12% of the income you earn on Patreon 

plus payment processing, currency conversion, payout fees and applicable taxes.

  • Hosted creator page
  • Monthly and annual subscriptions
  • Premium member benefits
  • Membership tiers
  • Community engagement tools
  • Member analytics and insights
  • Free trials
  • Priority customer support
  • Video uploads (early access only)
  • Everything in Founders, and...
  • Special offers promo tool

  • Everything in Pro, and...
  • Dedicated Partner Manager
  • Merch for Membership
  • Team Accounts

What is the Founders plan?

In May 2019, we introduced new creator plans and fees: Pro at 8% and Premium at 12%. Creators who joined before this date were placed on a discounted Founders-only plan, 5%, that gave them the same features as when they first joined without additional costs.

If you joined Patreon before 7 May 2019, and have not updated your plan or currency since then, you’re on the Founders plan.

Payment-processing fees

Payment-processing fees cover the cost of using our payment infrastructure. This infrastructure includes:

  • 24/7 fraud monitoring: Fraud gets caught before it hits your balance, so you never have to worry about it
  • Recovering failed payments: Declined payments get chased down with smart retries and reminders for expired card
  • Global currency conversion: Your pricing is automatically converted to your customers’ local currencies to facilitate international payments
  • Streamlined checkout: A simple checkout experience and quick authorisation process make it easy for you to earn directly from fan
  • Multiple payment methods: A wide range of payment methods are accepted on Patreon, including PayPal, major credit cards and Venmo
  • Trusted payments provider: Patreon continuously meets the highest global certification and compliance standards to ensure your payments are secure

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Processing fees for Pro and Premium

You can confirm your platform plan from your Settings. If you are on our Pro or Premium platform plan, your payment processing fees are applied on a per-payment basis and depend on the following factors:

  • Your tier price(s): determines whether the standard or micropayment rate is applied
  • Sales tax/VAT: Patreon is required by law to add sales tax/VAT to some membership payments
  • Currency conversion fees (if applicable): we apply a currency conversion fee of 2.5% on the total amount processed (including sales tax) on all membership payments made in a currency other than your payout currency. Read below for more information about currency conversions
  • Your currency: determines what your standard and micropayment rate is. Refer to our Processing rates by Currency table below to find out your standard and micropayment rates

Processing rates by currency for Pro and Premium plans

The table below includes processing rates for US creators paying out in USD:

USD
Member’s payment method Micropayment rate Standard payment rate
Credit card, Apple Pay

5% + 0.10USD

per successful payment $3 or less

2.9% + 0.30 USD

per successful payment over $3

PayPal or Venmo
(US)

5% + 0.10USD

per successful payment $3 or less

2.9% + 0.30 USD

per successful payment over $3

PayPal or Venmo
(non-US)

6% + 0.10 USD

per successful payment $3 or less

3.9% + 0.30 USD

per successful payment over $3

If you are not receiving payments in USD, then a member’s payment method does not impact your processing rates. The table below shows micropayment and standard processing rates for all other currencies:

⬇️ Currency Micropayment rate Standard rate
EUR

5% + €0.15

per successful payment €3 or less

3.4% + €0.35

per successful payment over €3

GBP

5% + £0.15

per successful payment £3 or less

3.4% + £0.35

per successful payment over £3

CAD

5% + CA$0.10

per successful payment CA$3 or less

3.2% + CA$0.35

per successful payment over CA$3

AUD

5% + A$0.10

per successful payment A$3 or less

3% + A$0.30

per successful payment over A$3

DKK

5% + DKK 1.10

per successful payment DKK 25 or less

3.4% + DKK 2.60

per successful payment over DKK 25

NOK

5% + NOK 1.50

per successful payment NOK 30 or less

3.4% + NOK 2.80

per successful payment over NOK 30

SEK

5% + SEK 1.50

per successful payment SEK 30 or less

3.4% + SEK 3.25

per successful payment over SEK 30

CZK

5% + CZK 3.85

per successful payment CZK 75 or less

3.4% + CZK 9

per successful payment over CZK 75

HKD

5% + HK$1.20

per successful payment HK$25 or less

3.9% + HK$2.35

per successful payment over HK$25

HUF

5% + HUF 54.70

per successful payment HUF 1,000 or less

3.4% + HUF 129

per successful payment over HUF 1,000

NZD

5% + NZ$0.25

per successful payment NZ$4 or less

3.9% + NZ$0.45

per successful payment over NZ$4

PLN

5% + PLN 0.70

per successful payment PLN 15 or less

3.4% + PLN 1.75

per successful payment over PLN 15

SGD

5% + SGD 0.20

per successful payment SGD 4 or less

3.9% + SGD 0.40

per successful payment over SGD 4

Processing fees: Founders plan

If you joined Patreon before 7 May 2019 and have not updated your plan or currency since then, you’re on the Founders plan. You can confirm whether or not you’re on the Founders plan from your Settings.

As a founding creator, your payment-processing fees depend on the following factors:

  • Your tier price: tier amounts can increase or decrease your effective processing rate
  • Sales tax/VAT: Patreon is required by law to add sales tax/VAT to some membership payments
    Learn more about sales tax/VAT requirements
  • Currency conversion fees (if applicable): A currency conversion fee of 2.5% on the total amount processed (including sales tax) is applied to all membership payments made in a currency other than your payout currency. Read below for more information about currency conversions
  • Shared membership: for payments to multiple creators that are grouped on a single transaction, creators on our Founders plan will share the transaction fee, which may result in reduced processing fees for the creators involved
  • A member’s payment method: determines the processing rate for payments. The founders plan processing rates table below details the

Founders plan processing rates

Our Founders plan is only available to creators who receive payouts in USD. As a creator on our Founders plan, payment-processing fees are applied on a per-transaction basis according to the table below:

USD
Member’s payment method Standard payment rate

Credit card, Apple Pay

1.6% + 0.30USD
Paypal or Venmo 2.65% + 0.28USD

How does shared membership impact my processing rate?

If you are on our Founders plan, you may pay a portion of the standard payment rate rather than all of it. Founders receive aggregation savings on transactions that include memberships to multiple creators.

The amount deducted for payment-processing fees for a given month are represented on your Earnings dashboard under the Payment Fees column.

Creator-to-creator membership payments

When a creator’s Patreon balance is used to cover a membership payment to another creator, Patreon’s payment-processing fee is not applied. If a creator’s Patreon balance doesn’t cover the full amount of their membership payment, we’ll charge their payment method, and payment-processing fees will apply. 

App Store fee

The App Store fee is charged by Apple for processing product purchases made on the Patreon iOS app through their in-app payment system. Apple takes 30% of the iOS sale price for products purchased by fans on the iOS app. Patreon does not charge a payment-processing fee on iOS transactions. Learn more about how iOS in-app purchases work and your options for pricing iOS products.

Currency conversion fees

Patreon applies a 2.5% currency conversion fee on all membership payments made in a currency other than your payout currency. This fee will be reversed on any payments that are refunded to paid members. All fees will be reflected in your payout currency. Currency conversion fees and processing fees are both reflected in your Earnings dashboard under the Payment fees column. You can Export data for a breakdown of the currency conversion fee.

You will receive your portion of membership payments in your payout currency based on the average exchange rate from the day before the payment was successfully processed. This calculation is sometimes referred to as a “spot rate”.

Where supported and as applicable, we automatically convert the prices of offerings and memberships into a patron’s local currency based on a currency conversion rate that may be determined at our sole discretion. You can learn more about How tiers are converted into other currencies.

Please note that if a paid member pays you in your payout currency, then there is no currency conversion fee applied.

Taxes on fees

Patreon may have sales tax and VAT obligations related to the service fees it charges to its creators. This obligation usually depends on the local tax laws applicable to a creator’s jurisdiction.

With the launch of Commerce on the platform in June 2023, Patreon will start collecting applicable VAT/GST/Sales taxes on services provided to creators on a tax-exclusive basis; meaning, on the total transaction. The application of taxes on top of the creator fees will take place in phases, to allow Patreon and creators to ensure the best possible tax compliance.

Visit our Taxes on creator fees article to learn more about where Patreon will apply taxes on fees and how it may affect you.

Payout fees

Funds in your account balance already reflect the deduction of your platform fee, payment-processing fees and currency conversion fees. Patreon deducts a payout transaction fee when your balance is transferred from your Patreon account.

Your payout fee is not listed in the breakdown of fees within your creator earnings dashboard; however, you may find the payout fee for your pay-out method and currency of choice in the tables below.

Payout fees for creators paying out in US Dollars ($):

USD

Pay-out method

US creators receiving payouts in Dollars Non-US creators receiving payouts in Dollars

Direct deposit

$0.25 USD per payout

Creators based in the US Virgin Islands or any other US territory or possession – with the exception of Puerto Rico – are not supported by our ACH direct deposit partner.

Not supported
PayPal

1% of the amount transferred with a minimum of $0.25, capped at $20.00 USD

($10 minimum to be able to pay out)

1% of the amount transferred with a minimum of $0.25, capped at $20.00 USD

($10 minimum to be able to pay out)

Payoneer Not supported

$1.00 USD per payout to your Payoneer account.

Option to withdraw funds from your Payoneer account to your local bank account or the Payoneer Prepaid Debit MasterCard®, or $3.00 USD per global bank transfer*

($25 minimum to be able to pay out)

* Payoneer global bank transfer is a legacy feature only available to creators that connected a Payoneer account prior to 19 December 2018. If your Payoneer account is currently using global bank transfer and you would like to update to the Payoneer account or prepaid MasterCard to take advantage of the lower payout fees and flexibility, click Manage Payoneer Account under Pay-out Method on the Payout settings

Payout fees for creators by currency (non-USD):

⬇️ Currency

Payoneer payout fee PayPal payout fee
EUR

€0.75 per payout

€1.00 per payout

GBP

£0.75 per payout

£1.00 per payout

CAD

$2.00 CAD per payout

$1 CAD per payout

AUD

$1.00 AUD per payout

$1.50 AUD per payout
DKK

$5 kr (DKK) per payout

$7 kr (DKK) per payout
NOK

$7 kr (NOK)per payout

$9 kr (NOK) per payout
SEK

$7 kr (SEK) per payout

$9 kr (SEK) per payout
HKD

HK$8 (HKD) per payout

HK$16.00 (HKD) per payout
SGD

S$1.5 (SGD) per payout

S$3.00 (SGD) per payout
NZD

$1.5 NZD per payout

$3.00 (NZD) per payout
CZK

16 Kč (CZK) per payout

26.00 Kč (CZK) per payout
HUF

235 Ft (HUF) per payout

365.00 Ft (HUF) per payout
PLN

3 zł (PLN) per payout

5.00 zł (PLN) per payout

Note: The payout fees listed above do not include any fees charged by the payment processor associated with converting USD to your native currency. Payment processors may also change their fees at any time without notice.

For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our Creator fees FAQs.

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