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 and submitting the Shopify Plus lead form in your Partner Dashboard.

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 Affiliates are not eligible for this referral type.

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 and submitting the Shopify Plus lead form in your Partner Dashboard.

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.

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.

If you register for the new revenue plan, then you earn 100% 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 on the first 1,000,000 USD. On revenue over 1,000,000 USD, you earn 85% of total revenue.

All apps must comply with the Shopify Partner Program Agreement.

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

If you want to enroll in the new revenue plan, then you must register to sell in the app store and report all Associated Developer Accounts.

Shopify themes

Earnings Terms
4.1

100% of the total revenue from themes sold through the Shopify Theme Store on the first 1,000,000 USD. On revenue over 1,000,000 USD, you earn 85% of total revenue.

All themes must comply with the Shopify Partner Program Agreement.

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

Promotions

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

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Denmark

Germany

Ireland

Netherlands

New Zealand

Spain

UK

USA

A commission of 500 to 3,000 USD for every new Point of Sale Pro (POS Pro) Merchant referred by a Partner, where the lead meets the Terms outlined in this activity.

The commission amount is based on the number of POS Pro subscriptions activated by the referred Merchant. One (1) Pro subscription represents one (1) Pro location. Commission amounts are as follows:

  • 500 USD if 1 POS Pro subscription is activated
  • 1,000 USD if 2 POS Pro subscriptions are activated
  • 1,500 USD if 3 POS Pro subscriptions are activated
  • 2,000 USD if 4 POS Pro subscriptions are activated
  • 2,500 USD if 5 POS Pro subscriptions are activated
  • 3,000 USD if 6 POS Pro subscriptions are activated

Promotion starts April 1, 2022 and concludes June 30, 2022. Shopify reserves the right to conclude this offer at any time.

Commission is payable for every new Shopify POS Pro Merchant that you refer by filling out and submitting the Shopify POS lead form in your Partner Dashboard, where the Merchant:

  1. Pays for at least 2 consecutive months of POS Pro or pays for an annual POS Pro subscription.
  2. Is new to Shopify POS Pro (has no existing POS Pro locations activated).
  3. Has ten (10) or more days of transacting through Shopify POS Pro per month, for at least two months.
  4. Operates a brick and mortar location.
  5. Was introduced to Shopify by you actively promoting Shopify POS Pro.
  6. Was not introduced or referred to Shopify by any other party, including Shopify itself.
  7. Was activated up to thirty (30) days before lead submission, or is activated within six (6) months of lead submission.

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

  • Introduce the Merchant to our sales team (assuming sales support is requested),
  • provide services related to the Merchant’s move to Shopify POS Pro, and/or
  • participate in any other activities that support Shopify’s sales teams and/or the Referred Merchant launching on Shopify POS Pro.

If you refer a qualifying Merchant that is also new to Shopify, then you are eligible to receive any applicable new Merchant referral payouts in addition to this POS Pro Referral Bounty.

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 and other applicable fees 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.

Regulatory Operating Fee

In some countries or regions, a Digital Services Tax (DST) is applied to products and services that are sold digitally. The DST is calculated as a percentage of the gross revenue from the sale of a digital service. The DST rate varies depending on the country or region where a merchant is based.

Starting January 5, 2022, Shopify will charge a Regulatory Operating Fee on public app and theme sales in the affected countries or regions to accommodate the DST. The following Regulatory Operating Fees apply when the merchant’s business address is located in one of the listed countries or regions:

DST rates by country or region
Country or region DST rates
United Kingdom 2%
Italy 3%
Turkey 5%
India 2%
Spain 3%

You can view the Regulatory Operating Fees applied to your app and theme sales in your Partner Dashboard or in the Partner payout CSV. Learn how to view payouts, or how to export payouts to a CSV file, refer to Tracking Partner earnings.

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)
  • 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.

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.

Processing fee App billing is subject to a 2.9% processing fee. As of August 1, 2021, processing fees and taxes are charged on a separate line item. All processing fees are recorded on the payouts page.
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 form in your Partner Dashboard to continue receiving a recurring commission. You're granted a commission only for net new Shopify Plus leads. The original lead must have been submitted by you, and the merchant must not have yet been in contact with the Shopify Plus team at the time of submission.