How payouts work

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This article details how payouts work, when you can expect to receive a payout you’ve initiated, and what payout locks or holds you may encounter.

Note: If you are a brand new creator on Patreon, please note that there will be a 5-day hold in place from the date of adding your first payout method or from the date of receiving your first payment.

Setting up your payout details

  1. While on the mobile web or desktop app, click on the Settings link from the left sidebar navigation
    • If you’re not seeing the Settings link, then you may be viewing your member profile. To switch to your creator profile, click on your name in the bottom left corner > then click on your creator profile
  2. Click on the Billing and payouts link from the top menu
  3. Click the Add payout method button
  4. Let us know:
    • If you’re an individual or a business/corporation > click Next
    • If you are a US creator or a non-US creator > click Next
  5. Select your payout country from the drop-down list 
  6. Let us know how you would like to get paid from the options and complete the payout method form.
    • Your payout method options will depend on the payout country you select. Your bank, Payoneer, or PayPal account country location information must match the information you provide
  7. Click the Save button, and you’re all set!

When you add a payout method for the first time or when you edit your payout method, an automatic 5-day payout hold is placed on your balance. After the 5-day payout hold, you'll be able to withdraw your balance.

Payout options

Depending on your payout country, you can choose from one of the following payout options:

  • Direct deposit via Stripe (US payout country)
  • PayPal
  • Payoneer (Outside of the US only)

Learn more about what fees you can expect with each payout option.

Pending payments

There are two situations when you can expect funds to appear as pending on your account:

  • Funds from products purchased through Commerce on Web and Android will appear as pending for up to 7 days before they can be withdrawn from your balance. Funds from product sales made via iOS in-app purchases will remain pending for up to 75 days before they will be available for payout, accounting for the time Apple requires to process and confirm the funds.
  • If a paid member is using Sofort Direct Debit (not currently supported for new memberships), payments will appear as pending on your creator balance for 7 days while Sofort processes the debit

Once funds are successfully processed, they’ll appear as available to withdraw, and you can payout whenever you’d like, as long there are no locks or holds on your payouts.

Payouts timeline

Funds from products purchased through Commerce on Web and Android will appear as pending for up to 7 days before they can be withdrawn from your balance. Funds from product sales made via iOS in-app purchases will remain pending for up to 75 days before they will be available for payout, accounting for the time Apple requires to process and confirm the funds. Funds from membership payments may also appear as pending until they are successfully processed. Once funds are no longer pending and appear as available to withdraw, you can pay out your balance.

Once a payout is initiated, it typically takes 1-5 days for the funds to appear in your personal account. If, for any reason, we are unable to send funds to your account successfully, funds are typically returned to your creator balance.

If you find there's a message stating that your transfer may take up to 10 business days, that is because our team is running a few checks on your account due to the volume you've processed. This is part of our effort to keep creators and members safe on our platform. Once those checks are complete, you'll receive an e-mail to let you know that your funds are on the way.

Automatic payouts

If you’d prefer to have one less item on your task list, you can also opt-in to automatic payouts. When enabled, automatic payouts are initiated on the 5th of each month as long as you have a positive balance. You can enable or disable automatic payouts from your Payouts page.

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 payout method and currency of choice in the tables below.

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

USD

Payout 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 December 19, 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 Payout 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

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.

Changing your payout details

You will encounter a 5-day payout hold if you do one of the following:

  • When you add your payout method for the first time or update your payout information
  • Are a creator who is subject to receive a 1099-K without having filled out your W-9 form
    • Creators who are subject to receive a 1099-K will be required to submit form W-9. Once a creator is required to submit form W-9, all payouts will be locked until form W-9 is successfully submitted. Learn more about who is subject to form 1099-k, please review this help center article: Will I receive a 1099-K form?
If you are under the 5-day payout hold, you’ll receive an email with more details, including the specific time that the payout lock will be released in Pacific Time (PT) 

I need help with a payout

If you need any assistance with locating a payout or fixing an issue with a payout, please submit a request for one-on-one assistance. Be sure to select ‘Payouts and earnings’ from the dropdown so we can help you as quickly as possible.

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