Clients are charged a 3% payment processing and administration fee on all payments.

The fee is assessed any time we charge your billing method and will show up as a separate item on your transaction history and payment receipt. The fee is calculated as a percentage on top of the payment you are making. For example, if you make a payment of $1,000, Upwork will charge an additional $30.00 fee for processing the payment.

For hourly projects, billing occurs weekly, so the processing fee is assessed when we charge your billing method each week and on any additional bonuses. For fixed-price projects, the processing fee is charged each time you fund a milestone or give a bonus.


The above fees and options don’t apply to clients who’ve signed a contract for Upwork Enterprise services, Upwork Business services, or have another agreement that provides for different terms.

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