🇺🇸 US PayPal Fee Calculator

For PayPal merchants & consumers in the United States!

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How to calculate PayPal USA fees

Like any other payment processing system, PayPal serves both the consumers and merchants. Consumers refer to the customers or buyers while merchants refer to the sellers or service providers. If you buy something online or offline using PayPal, you are a consumer.

For merchants, PayPal offers both online and point-of-sale products. Each product charges a different rate and some has an additional fixed fee per transaction. Transactions through American Express might be discounted. International sales might cost more, depending on the type of transaction.

The standard commerical fee for merchants is 3.49% plus 49¢ per domestic non-American Express transaction, while charities are charged less, starting from 1.99% plus 49¢ per transaction. The Goods and Services (G&S) PayPal fee is 2.89% plus 49¢ for each domestic transaction.

For example, if a buyer pay $100 for an order, PayPal will take ($100 x 0.0349) + $0.49 = $3.98 and the merchant will receive $100 - $3.98 = $96.02
In the case of a charity transaction, PayPal will take a lower cut of ($100 x 0.0199) + $0.49 = $2.48 and the nonprofit will receive $100 - $2.48 = $97.52
For a Goods and Services transaction, the PayPal fee will be ($100 x 0.0289) + $0.49 = $3.38 and the merchant gets $100 - $3.38 = $96.62

PayPal fees are simpler for consumers. Buying something using PayPal is free as long as you use the same currency (USD for USD, etc). Sending money within the USA and withdrawing to a local bank account are free.

For more information on PayPal fees, check out PayPal merchant fees or PayPal consumers fees.

PayPal merchant fees

A PayPal merchant rate is usually split into two parts: a percentage rate and a fixed fee.
The fixed fee is different for each type of transaction and currency, whereas the percentage rate only varies for different transaction type.

It is important to note that if you have a personal PayPal account and sold a product or service with the fund being processed through PayPal, you are classifed as a merchant.

Commercial transaction fees

Also known as the standard PayPal transaction. There is no additional international fee for funds processed through American Express. If the payment currency is not in USD, the fixed fee will vary based on the currency.

For more information, please refer to PayPal website payments.

Payment type Card processor Domestic sales International sales
Other Other 2.9% plus $0.30 3.49% plus $0.49 4.4% plus $0.30 4.99% plus $0.49
American Express 3.49%
Invoicing Other 3.49% plus $0.49 4.99% plus $0.49
American Express 3.49% plus $0.49
PayPal Checkout Other 3.49% plus $0.49 4.99% plus $0.49
American Express 3.49% plus $0.49
PayPal Guest Checkout Other 3.49% plus $0.49 4.99% plus $0.49
American Express 3.5%
QR code Other $10.01 and above
1.9% plus $0.10

$10.00 and below
2.4% plus $0.05
$10.01 and above
3.4% plus $0.10

$10.00 and below
3.9% plus $0.05
American Express $10.01 and above
1.9% plus $0.10

$10.00 and below
2.4% plus $0.05
Pay with Venmo Other 3.49% plus $0.49 4.99% plus $0.49
American Express 3.49% plus $0.49
Send/Receive Money for Goods and Services (G&S) Other 2.89% plus $0.49 4.39% plus $0.49
American Express 2.89% plus $0.49
Standard Credit and Debit Card Payments Other 2.99% plus $0.49 4.49% plus $0.49
American Express 2.99% plus $0.49

Donation transaction fees

Different from charity transactions, this refers to the 'Donate' button you see on some websites for receiving donations.

Domestic sales International sales
2.89% plus $0.49 4.39% plus $0.49

Charity transaction fees

If you are verified as a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, there are further discounts.

Domestic sales International sales
2.2% plus $0.30 1.99% plus $0.49 3.7% plus $0.30 3.49% plus $0.49

Alternative Payment Method fees

Alternative payment methods allow customers across the globe to pay with their bank accounts, wallets, and other local payment methods.

Domestic sales International sales
2.59% plus $0.49 4.09% plus $0.49

PayPal Here fees

Similar to Square reader, PayPal Here is the point-of-sale card reader offered to physical store sellers. There are no startup costs, no termination fee, and no monthly fees.

For more information, please refer to PayPal Here in America.

Payment type Domestic sales International sales
Card Present
PayPal (In Store)
QR code
2.7% 4.2%
Keyed or Scanned 3.5% plus $0.15 5% plus $0.15

PayPal Online Card Payment Services

Payment type Card processor Domestic sales International sales
Advanced Credit and Debit Card Payments Other 2.59% plus $0.49 4.09% plus $0.49
American Express 3.5% 3.5%
Payments Advanced Any 2.89% plus $0.49 4.39% plus $0.49
Payments Pro Other 2.89% plus $0.49 4.39% plus $0.49
American Express 3.5% 3.5%
Virtual Terminal Other 3.09% plus $0.49 4.59% plus $0.49
American Express 3.5% 3.5%

PayPal Online Card Payment Services - Charity

Payment type Card processor Domestic sales International sales
Advanced Credit and Debit Card Payments Other 2.59% plus $0.49 4.09% plus $0.49
American Express 3.5% 3.5%
Payments Advanced Any 2.89% plus $0.49 4.39% plus $0.49
Payments Pro Other 1.99% plus $0.49 3.49% plus $0.49
American Express 3.5% 3.5%
Virtual Terminal Other 2.39% plus $0.49 3.89% plus $0.49
American Express 3.5% 3.5%

Payflow Pro

For more information, refer to Payflow Payment Gateway.

Domestic sales International sales
0% plus $0.10

PayPal Zettle

PayPal Zettle is the new POS solution for retail businesses. It replaces PayPal Here in some ways.

For more information, refer to PayPal Zettle.

Payment type Domestic sales International sales
Card Present
QR code
2.29% plus $0.09
Keyed 3.49% plus $0.09

PayPal Payouts

Domestic sales International sales
2% plus $0.09 (max fee of $1.00 USD)

When using the Payouts API
$0.25
2% plus $0.09 (max fee of $20.00 USD)

Micropayments

If your transactions are less than $10 and you qualified for Micropayments.

Domestic sales International sales
5% plus $0.05 4.99% plus $0.09 6.5% plus $0.05 6.49% plus $0.09

PayPal consumer fees

Buying with PayPal

You don't have to pay any extra fees for purchasing something through PayPal. The merchant bears the cost.

Buying and selling cryptocurrencies

You can now buy and sell crypto on PayPal. The fees are based on your transaction amount. A crypto conversion spread, typically 0.50%, will also be charged per transaction. You can hold cryptocurrencies in your PayPal account without additional fees.

Between October 26 to December 31, 2021, a crypto purchase or sale of over $5,000 USD will be charged a lower fee.

Purchase or sale amount Rate
$1.00 – $24.99 USD $0.50
$25.00 – $100.00 USD 2.30%
$100.01 – $200.00 USD 2.00%
$200.01 – $1000.00 USD 1.80%
$1000.01 - $4999.99 USD 1.50%
$5000 - $9999.99 USD 0.99%
Equal to or over $10000.00 USD 0.75%

Receiving donations

In the United States Outside the United States
2.89% plus $0.49 4.39% plus $0.49

Sending money

To In the United States Outside the United States
PayPal balance or a bank account 0% 5%
Cards 2.90% plus $0.30 7.90% plus $0.30
Amex Send™ Account 0% 5%

Receiving money

There is no fee for receiving money. The sender will bear the cost if there is any.

Withdrawals out of PayPal

Withdrawal/Transfer to Rate
Bank account Local Account
0%

Instant
1.5%
Cards Instant
1.5%
Checks $1.50

FAQs

How do I calculate PayPal fees?

PayPal charge 3.49% plus $0.49 for a domestic commerical transaction. For each transaction, you multiply the total transaction amount by the percentage rate and then add 49 cents.

How much is the PayPal fee for $100?

If it's a domestic commerical sales, you get $96.02 and PayPal takes $3.98 (3.49% plus $0.49).
If it's an international commerical transaction, you get $94.52 and PayPal takes $5.48 (4.99% plus $0.49).

What is the PayPal Goods and Services (G&S) fees?

The fee is 2.89% + 30 cents for each Goods and Services (G&S) domestic transaction. For international G&S sales, it is 4.39% plus 49 cents.

What are the PayPal customer fees?

There is no charge if you are paying with PayPal.

Is PayPal free for consumers?

PayPal is free for most personal transaction such as buying with PayPal and receiving money from friends and family. If you send money, withdraw money from PayPal or buy cryptocurrencies on PayPal, there might be fees.