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. Your earnings might be subject to taxes depending on your location and applicable tax regulations.

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

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

You can build a development store for a merchant as part of a Shopify Plus deal. Refer to Shopify Plus referrals for detailed terms.

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 Partner.
1.4

Shopify Plus

A recurring commission equal to 20% of the merchant's monthly subscription fee. You can build a development store for a merchant as part of a Shopify Plus deal. Refer to Shopify Plus referrals for detailed terms.

Shopify Plus referrals

Shopify Partners

Store plan Earnings Terms
1.5

Shopify Plus

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.

You are only granted a commission for net new Shopify Plus leads. The original lead must have been submitted by you, and the merchant must have not yet been in contact with the Shopify Plus team at the time of submission.

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
1.6

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.

You are only granted a commission for net new Shopify Plus leads. The original lead must have been submitted by you, and the merchant must have not yet been in contact with the Shopify Plus team at the time of submission.

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

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.

Only the Partner who manages the App is eligible for earnings from App sales.

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.

Only the Partner who manages the Theme is eligible for earnings from Theme sales.

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 can't be sold through any other channels.

Only the Partner who manages the Theme is eligible for earnings from Theme sales.

Promotions

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

Canada

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 that 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 on Shopify's fees.

Taxes on earnings

In some cases, Shopify charges you taxes on its fees or pays out taxes on your referral commissions. These taxes vary based on your location, the type of Partner activity, and the tax information you provide in your Partner account settings.

All taxes charged or paid to you by Shopify are recorded in an invoice. To learn how to view your fee and commission invoices, refer to Getting paid.

Taxes charged on Shopify fees

In some cases, Shopify charges taxes on its commission fee for app, theme, or service sales on the Shopify platform. Any applicable taxes are deducted from your payout and reflected on your Shopify fees invoice.

Taxes are charged on Shopify fees in the following cases:

Canada

If your Partner account contact information lists an address in Canada, then Shopify charges you taxes on Shopify fees. Shopify charges the applicable sales tax for your province or territory.

The United States

If your Partner account contact information lists an address in the United States, and your address is in a state that charges sales tax on services performed by billing agents, then Shopify charges you taxes on Shopify fees. Shopify charges the applicable sales tax for your state.

Taxes paid out on referral commissions

If you provide a Canadian business account number (BN) in your Partner account tax information, then Shopify adds an additional 13% Ontario HST to your referral commission payout. This tax is added to your payout and reflected on your referral commission invoice. You're responsible for remitting these taxes to the appropriate government authority.

Glossary

Term Definition
Active Shopify Partner

As a Shopify Partner, you can earn recurring commission payments for referrals and Plus upgrades. To continue receiving recurring commission payments for these previous referrals and upgrades, 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)
  • Referral of a new Merchant or 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 at least one of the above-listed activities during each consecutive 12-month period to continue receiving recurring commission payments. You can view the date that you need to complete another activity by on the Referrals page of the Partner Dashboard. This ongoing activity requirement has been in effect as of October 1, 2017.

The Partner activity requirement does not apply to other ongoing earnings, such as earnings from App sales or Theme sales.

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.

Referral commission The commission Shopify pays you for referral activities, including affiliate referrals, Shopify Plus referrals, and development store referrals. All referral commissions are recorded in a referral commission invoice.
Shopify fees Commission fees that represent Shopify's share of app, theme, or service sales. For example, if you sell a theme and are entitled to 70% of the sale price, then Shopify charges you a Shopify fee for 30% of the total theme sale and the remaining 70% is payable to you. All Shopify fees are recorded in a Shopify fees invoice.
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.

If the merchant is upgrading to Shopify Plus, then you must fill out the Shopify Plus lead submission form to continue receiving a recurring commission. You are only granted a commission for net new Shopify Plus leads. The original lead must have been submitted by you, and the merchant must have not yet been in contact with the Shopify Plus team at the time of submission.