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Top Rated Plus highlights freelancers and agencies who consistently perform on large contracts at the highest level. They stand out by delivering premium quality on high-budget or long-term jobs.
This talent offers Top Rated quality with some of Upwork’s largest contracts in their given field.
Top Rated Plus freelancers and agencies work in a wide range of categories around the world.
As a Top Rated freelancer or agency, you’ll have a dedicated badge on your freelancer, agency, or agency member’s profile and proposals that displays to Upwork clients on a paid plan (Enterprise, Business, and some Plus clients). You’ll also get the following benefits.
- Reduced fees (starting at 10%) on Featured Jobs
- More control over your Job Success Score
- Invitations to submit proposals to jobs assisted by Talent Specialists
- Our Job Digest email to make it easier for you to find jobs that are a great match
- Faster payments on hourly contracts
- Premium customer support, including phone and chat
Become Top Rated Plus
You earn Top Rated Plus status by building an impressive reputation on Upwork with large and long-term contracts. As with Top Rated status, you must have a proven history of success with multiple clients, delight your clients with your work every time, and contribute to a safe and vibrant marketplace by knowing and following the Upwork Terms of Service.
If you've already earned Top Rated status and want to learn more about becoming Top Rated Plus, check My Stats to find a breakdown of your progress so far!
In addition to earning and maintaining Top Rated status, Top Rated Plus must have the following qualifications:
- Total earnings over $10,000 in the past 12 months
- Agencies have total earnings over $20,000 in the past 12 months
- Worked or working on one or more large* contracts in the past 12 months without negative outcomes (<10% for agencies)
- Freelancer must not be an Exclusive Agency contractor
To qualify for Top Rated Plus as an individual, a freelancer must be a Non-Exclusive Agency Contractor. Learn more about the difference between Exclusive and Non-Exclusive Agency Contractors here.
To qualify for Top Rated Plus, an individual freelancer only needs to qualify in a single category. The qualification depends upon the contract category, not the freelancer profile category.
The criteria for a “large contract” is specific to the contract category. We base these amounts on the opportunities currently available on Upwork. For example, in certain categories, a large contract might be one with earnings of $5,000 but in others it might be a $20,000 or $30,000 contract.
As of July 2020, we define large contracts as shown below.
|Category||Large Contract Amount|
|Accounting and Consulting||$10,000|
|Data Science and Analytics||$10,000|
|Design and Creative||$5,000|
|Engineering and Architecture||$5,000|
|IT and Engineering||$10,000|
|Sales and Marketing||$10,000|
|Web, Mobile and Software Development||$15,000|
|Category||Large Contract Amount|
|Accounting and Consulting||$20,000|
|Data Science and Analytics||$20,000|
|Design and Creative||$10,000|
|Engineering and Architecture||$10,000|
|IT and Networking||$20,000|
|Sales and Marketing||$20,000|
|Web, Mobile and Software Development||$30,000|