Freelancer Programs and Perks

These Upwork programs offer eligible freelancers special perks and opportunities. The purpose of each program is a little different:

  • Rising Talent: To help you build your business reputation on Upwork more quickly
  • Top Rated: To highlight your impressive reputation on Upwork and help you continue your success

The tables below show how you can become eligible for each as well as the associated perks.

Eligibility Criteria

For a chart of program eligibility and perks for agencies, click here.

Criteria Rising Talent Top Rated

Job Success Score (JSS)


or higher *

User Type: Freelancer or non-exclusive agency member (Agencies have different criteria)

Freelancer Profile:100% complete

Account Status: No Terms of Service violations in the last 3 months

Relevant Proposals:Submit proposals to projects relevant to your skill set

Knowledge Check: Passed the Upwork Readiness Test (link in email invitation)

Work History: First contract on Upwork was more than 90 days ago


Earnings: $1,000 or more on Upwork in the last 12 months


* To receive and keep Top Rated status, freelancers have a Job Success Score of at least 90% (or have been in Rising Talent status) for 13 of the last 16 weeks.


Perks Rising Talent Top Rated

Program badge on Upwork profile

30 free Connects (one-time bonus)


Phone, chat, and ticket support from a specialized customer support team

Reduced fees (starting at 10%) on Featured Jobs

Prioritized by Upwork when we highlight freelancers for projects (when project criteria has been met)


High priority

Prioritized for promotion in Upwork emails and marketing pages


High priority

Customized Job Digest emails highlighting top opportunities on Upwork

Opportunities to chat with Upwork during online office hours, and to participate in events in select cities


Option to periodically remove one job’s feedback from profile and Job Success Score


For a chart of program eligibility and perks for agencies, click here.

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