To help you focus on work, we offer a range of different payment methods. PayPal service is one of them. To use PayPal, you must make sure that your verified name on Upwork matches the name on your PayPal account. If you haven't verified your name yet, be sure that your profile name matches the name on your PayPal account.

Use PayPal

  1. Go to SettingsGet Paid
  2. Click Add Method
  3. Click the Set Up button for your chosen method
  4. You will be redirected to sign in to your PayPal account for verification
  5. Choose a payment schedule and click Next



For security reasons, any PayPal account added to your Upwork account will become active after three days.


Edit your account

Your PayPal account details on Upwork cannot be edited. If your PayPal account has changed, you must add a new payment method to ensure that your details on Upwork match your new PayPal account information. Don't forget to remove the old payment method at that time, too.

Account fees

PayPal is a third-party payment vendor, and their features and fees vary depending on your locations.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I connect my PayPal account to my Upwork account?

You can link your PayPal account with your Upwork account by clicking a self-serve link that will appear at the top of the “Get Paid” page as an alert. Note: If you’ve logged into Upwork or been paid within the past six months you will also receive the link via email.

I tried to add or re-add PayPal to my Upwork account and got redirected to PayPal. Is this legitimate?

Yes, when you re-add PayPal to your Upwork account you will be directed to There, you’ll be prompted to log into your PayPal account and confirm that you want to “Connect your PayPal account to Upwork.”

To add PayPal to my Upwork account I see I have to agree to terms as part of choosing “Connect your PayPal account to Upwork.” What am I agreeing to?

When you agree to connect your PayPal account to Upwork you allow PayPal to share your full name, email, address, account verification status, PayPal ID with us. This information helps us confirm that you own the PayPal account.

I reconnected my PayPal account but it's saying I have to wait 3 days to use it. Why?

We have a standard hold period any time a payment method is added to an account. This hold stays in place for three calendar days to ensure your account security.

Do I have to link my PayPal account to Upwork?

If you don’t want to link your PayPal account to Upwork you do not have to do so. You can use any payment method available to freelancers in your country. To see your options, click here.

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