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In most cases, your payment transfers immediately. However, there are occasions when it may take up to 24 hours. If it has been more than 24 hours, please contact PayPal.

You must use your own registered PayPal account. You should determine which type of PayPal account works for you. PayPal may limit your account functionality until you pass their verification procedures and they usually require a bank account or credit card.


In addition to a small per-transfer fee Upwork charges, there may be additional costs on PayPal's side.

  • PayPal changes their minimum and maximum transaction amounts from time to time, and you should check with PayPal for current information. Typically, transactions have a minimum of $1.00 and a maximum of $10,000.
  • PayPal's outgoing withdrawal fees vary by method, destination country, and currency choice (see PayPal's withdrawal fee calculator for details). PayPal also may charge additional fees based on your location. For example, PayPal India classifies transfers from Upwork as payments for services and charges additional fees.

To add PayPal as a payment method and check Upwork's per-transfer fees, click here. Click the "Add Payment Method" button to see all your options and pricing. For more information on adding PayPal as a payment method, click here.

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