Fee schedule and cashing out

Please note: Monetization is only available to U.S. creators. Only those with a U.S. Social Security Number or Business Identification Number will be able to cash out their earnings. 

Fee Schedule

Podcast Subscription Fees

There are fees specific to Anchor’s Podcast Subscriptions.

Here are the fees deducted from a Podcast Subscription payment:

  1. Payment processing fee: 5.5%
  2. Foreign exchange fee (applies if your subscriber’s currency differs from your own currency):
    1. 0.8% applied to exchange non-USD currency to USD
    2. 1.6% applied to exchange non-USD currency to another non-USD currency

How it works:

  • You’re based in the U.S., and you’ve set your podcast subscription price to $2.99 per month
  • Let’s say you get 1 subscriber from Belgium who pays € 2,99 per month. Each month:
    • € 2,99 * 5.5%  (€ 0,16445) is deducted for the payment processing fee
    • € 2,99 * 0.8% (€ 0,02392) is deducted for the foreign exchange fee 
    • The difference, converted to USD based on current exchange rates, appears in your wallet ($3.29)

Cashing out:

  • Usually takes 2-3 business days to receive your money and $.20 is deducted to cover the cost of processing the payout.

This is all handled by Anchor and Stripe automatically for you, making it easy to take subscription payments from your listeners from all countries we support.

Sponsorships Fees

There are fees specific to Anchor’s Sponsorships tool.

Two fees are deducted from a Sponsorship payment before it hits your bank account:

  1. Anchor fee: 30%
  2. Payout processing fee (to cover the cost of moving money to your bank account through Stripe): $0.20

How it works:

  • You get one sponsor, who offers a $20CPM (cost per thousand impressions), and you get 1,000 total impressions during the course of the campaign.
    • $6.00 ([30%*$20.00]) is deducted for the Anchor fee
    • $.25 is deducted to cover the cost of processing the transaction
      • $13.75 appears in your wallet
  • Cash out:
    • Usually takes 2-3 business days to receive your money and $.20 is deducted to cover the cost of processing the payout.

Cashing Out 

The “Current balance” in your Anchor Wallet is the combination of money you’ve made from Anchor monetization tools since you've last cashed out (“Total earned all time” tells you how much you’ve made since you activated these features). If you’re using just one or the other, you’ll see only the balance from that source.

  • In the case of Listener Support and Podcast Subscriptions, each supporting listener's donation or subscription, respectively, will be processed monthly 
  • For Sponsorships, you'll earn money as your podcast gets new ad impressions
  • You can cash out your Anchor balance as long as you pass the requirements necessary. Just click the 'Cash Out' button from your Money page on both web and mobile.
  • There is a $0.20 processing fee any time you cash out, and you must have at least $10 in your Wallet before you can withdraw your balance. 
  • If you haven’t yet set up your payment information, you’ll need to do that first. We use Stripe (the leading online payment processing company) to process and protect your money, so your payment information will all go through them
  • Additionally, some account details may need to be changed with Stripe's help

*Note: For security purposes, if you ever leave a balance in your Wallet for more than 90 days, we will automatically cash out the total balance for you. We’ll send an email notifying you if this happens.

Additionally, to protect your safety online, we do not recommend using a proxy creator to set up payments through Stripe. A proxy creator is a friend, family member or acquaintance located in the US whose US bank account is used to receive the funds from your podcast.


Pending funds

When you first start to earn money with Sponsorships, Listener Support or Podcast Subscriptions, initial payments may take up to 30 days to appear in your Wallet. After that validation period, all new payments will be available for you to cash out once you have reached a minimum of $10 in your Wallet. You will need a minimum of $10 in your Wallet for every cash out you initiate. 

Until new payments are available to cash out, they’ll be reflected in a pending state underneath your current Wallet total. Anchor payouts usually process and become available in your bank account within 3-5 business days. 

*Note: Sponsorships payments always have a 30 day pending window to help avoid fraud.

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