Shopify Partner earnings

As a Shopify Partner, you earn money based on your contribution to the Shopify ecosystem (your activities) and the Partner program that you join. Your earnings might vary based on your location and the location of the merchants you work with. The tables below break down the payout conditions and terms based on your activities.

To learn more about the different types of Shopify Partners, see the following resources:

Development store referrals

Shopify Partners

Store plan Earnings Terms
1.1

Shopify Lite

Shopify Basic

Shopify

Advanced Shopify

A recurring commission equal to 20% of the merchant's monthly subscription fee. Recurs monthly as long as the merchant remains a paying Shopify customer and you remain an active Shopify Partner.
1.2

Shopify Plus

Shopify Gold

A recurring commission equal to 10% of the merchant's monthly subscription fee.

All Shopify Plus leads must be recorded by filling out the Shopify Plus lead submission form.

Commission payments recur monthly as long as the merchant remains a paying Shopify customer and you remain an active Shopify Partner.

Shopify Plus Partners

Store plan Earnings Terms
1.3

Shopify Lite

Shopify Basic

Shopify

Advanced Shopify

A recurring commission equal to 20% of the merchant's monthly subscription fee. Recurs monthly as long as the merchant remains a paying Shopify customer and you remain an active Shopify Plus Partner.
1.4

Shopify Plus

A recurring commission equal to 20% of the merchant's monthly subscription fee.

All Shopify Plus leads must be recorded by filling out the Shopify Plus lead submission form.

Recurs monthly as long as the merchant remains a paying Shopify customer and you remain an active Shopify Plus Partner.

1.5

Shopify Gold

A recurring commission equal to 10% of the merchant's monthly subscription fee for first 4 referrals or upgrades over 12 months.

A recurring commission equal to 20% of the merchant's monthly subscription fee for the fifth and subsequent referrals or upgrades over 12 months.

Recurs monthly as long as the merchant remains a paying Shopify customer and you remain an active Shopify Plus Partner.

Note: The 20% revenue is not applied retroactively. The first 4 referrals will continue to generate a 10% commission for the Partner.

Affiliate referrals

Shopify Affiliates

Store plan Earnings Terms
2.1

Shopify Basic

Shopify

Advanced Shopify

A commission equal to the merchant's subscription fee for the first two months, net of any discounts/credits.

Commission is paid out over the first two months of the merchant's subscription:

  • The first commission payment is equal to the value of the first month of the merchant's subscription fee.
  • The second commission payment is equal to the value of the second month of the merchant's subscription fee.

If the merchant leaves Shopify during the first month, then the second payment is not issued. If the merchant downgrades or upgrades their plan during the first month, then the second month commission will be equal to the new monthly subscription fee.

If the merchant selects an annual subscription, then your commission is paid out over the first two months based on the monthly subscription value.

2.2

Shopify Plus

A one-time commission worth $2,000.00 USD.

Commission is paid out once the merchant has paid their first month's subscription fee.

Shopify apps

Earnings Terms
3.1 80% of the total revenue from the one-time sale price or recurring subscription fees and all app purchases or upgrades made through the Shopify App Store. All apps must comply with the Shopify Partner Program Agreement.

Shopify themes

Earnings Terms
4.1 Option 1: 70% of each theme sale. If this option is selected, then the partner will be responsible for all bug fixes, as well as answering any merchant questions about the theme. The theme may also be sold through a personal channel (for example, a company website), but not on open marketplaces.
4.2 Option 2: 50% of each theme sale. If this option is selected, then the partner will be responsible for all bug fixes, but Shopify will help answer any support questions about the theme. The theme may not be sold through any other channels.

Promotions

Activity Partner location Merchant location Earnings Terms
5.4 Point of Sale Referral Bounty All

USA

UK

Ireland

A commission of $500 USD for every new Point of Sale (POS) merchant referred by a Partner, where the lead meets the Terms outlined in this activity.

Promotion starts September 1, 2019. Shopify reserves the right to conclude this offer at any time.

Commission is paid out for every Shopify POS merchant you refer by submitting a lead through the Partner POS Lead Form when the merchant:

  1. uses Shopify Payments,
  2. operates a brick and mortar location,
  3. orders POS hardware, and
  4. has 5 consecutive days of transacting through Shopify POS.

In addition to the commission requirements described above, you may also be required to:

  • introduce the merchant to our sales team (assuming sales support is desired),
  • provide services related to the merchant's move to Shopify POS, and/or
  • participate in any other activities that support Shopify's sales teams and/or the referred merchant launching on Shopify POS.

If you refer a merchant that is new to Shopify and Shopify POS, then you are eligible to receive the POS Referral Bounty in addition to your usual referral payouts.

Experts Marketplace

Earnings Terms
6.1

90% of the total revenue collected by the Expert in respect of each job originating through the Experts Marketplace.

The Expert is entitled to all amounts collected from merchants through the Experts Marketplace, less the 10% Shopify will retain together with any applicable taxes.

Glossary

Term Definition
Active Shopify Partner To remain active in the Shopify Partner ecosystem, you must complete one of the following activities at least once every 12 months:

  • Development store referral (accounted for when the merchant pays the first month’s subscription fee)
  • Affiliate referral (accounted for when the merchant pays the first month’s subscription fee)
  • Upgrade of an existing merchant to Shopify Plus
If you haven't completed one of these activities by the end of the 12-month period (from the date that the merchant switches to the relevant plan), then all recurring commission payments will reset to zero. You must carry out one of the above-listed activities during each consecutive 12-month period in order to remain entitled to continued earnings. You can track your development store referrals in your Partner Dashboard. This ongoing activity requirement has been in effect as of October 1, 2017.
Active Shopify Plus Partner As a Shopify Plus Partner, you need to maintain your status as an active partner to continue to receive commission payments for your Shopify Plus referrals. To be considered an active Shopify Plus Partner, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • You've been a part of at least 5 Shopify Plus deals within the current calendar year.
  • You've been involved in at least one Shopify Partner event within the current calendar year.
If you don't meet the requirements for an active Shopify Plus Partner, then you will no longer receive commission payments for any referrals brought in while you are a Shopify Plus Partner, and you will risk being removed from the Shopify Plus Partner program. You will continue to receive commission payments for referring stores to Shopify plans other than Shopify Plus.
Affiliate referral

Once you're approved to join the Shopify Affiliate Program, you'll receive an affiliate link to share with potential merchants. It includes your unique reference handle so that each new merchant you refer can be tracked. A standard affiliate link looks like this: https://www.shopify.com/?ref=[YOUR_UNIQUE_REF_HANDLE]

When a merchant signs up for Shopify using your affiliate link, you receive a commission for the referral. The commission is issued after the merchant pays their first monthly subscription fee (generally, after a 14-day free trial).

Development store referral

As a Shopify Partner, you can create an unlimited number of development stores. A development store is a free version of a Shopify store that can be used to set up, theme, or develop a store for your client. Setting up a development store and handing it off to your client allows you to earn a recurring commission.

Note: As a Shopify Partner, you can earn commissions on Shopify Plus subscription fees only for the primary store (where billing is centralized) but not for any clones of this store.

Shopify Gold Shopify Gold is a store plan available only to merchants located in India. Visit shopify.in/gold to learn more about Shopify Gold.
Store upgrades Store upgrades occur when a current Shopify merchant upgrades to a store plan with a higher subscription fee. The upgrade can be completed by the Partner that originally referred the merchant, a Partner that did not previously refer the merchant, or Shopify's sales team. Only a Partner who originally referred the merchant through a development store will receive a commission based on the upgraded plan.