Get Paid for Your Skill

After you publish your Alexa skill, you're ready to earn royalties from the sale of your skill. To receive payments, you must add your financial institution details to your developer account and provide your tax identification information.

If you earn money from in-skill purchases of your skill's premium content, to receive payment, see Set Up Payments for In-Skill Purchasing.

If you sell real-world products or services in your skill, to receive payment, see Integrate your Skill with Amazon Pay.

List price, royalties, and taxes

Amazon pays developers a royalty of 70 percent of the marketplace list price for all sales.

Alexa lets customers know that Amazon charges the price they hear, plus any applicable taxes. Amazon calculates your royalty based on the list price.

Your royalties on purchases are subject to the taxes of the Amazon marketplace where you're selling. You must submit your tax information to Amazon. For details, see Complete the tax identity interview.

Payment methods

With some exceptions, Amazon pays developers electronically. The method of electronic payment varies by country or region. The location of your bank determines the currency of your payment.

To enter or update your bank information, see Enter payment information.

Payment schedule

Amazon initiates payment approximately 30 days after the end of the calendar month in which your skill generates revenue. For example, Amazon makes a payment for any skill revenue that occurred in April at the end of May, which is about 30 days after the end of April.

Payment to US-based developers

For US-based developers, Amazon sends monthly payments for your Alexa skill royalties. Amazon sends a separate payment for each marketplace in which your skill generates revenue.

Payment to Japan-based developers

Amazon pays developers in Japan electronically for domestic sales by wire or electronic funds transfer (EFT). Contact your financial institution to determine if there are any fees associated with electronic payments.

Payments to other international developers

International developers in supported countries can receive electronic payments from Amazon. Depending on the location of your bank, you might be eligible for either direct deposit or wire payments. If the bank location isn't eligible for electronic payments, or if you don't opt in to electronic payments, Amazon sends your payment as a physical check through the mail.

To determine if you're eligible for electronic payments, when you enter your payment information, select your bank location from the Where is your bank/financial institution? drop-down menu. If the location supports electronic payment, choose electronic payment or check. Amazon sends a separate payment for each marketplace in which your skill generates revenue. For electronic payments, the location of your bank determines the currency of your payment. Contact your financial institution to determine if there are any fees associated with electronic payments.

Payment thresholds

Before Amazon issues a payment for a marketplace, the payment must meet the applicable threshold based on your payment type and the currency of that marketplace:

  • Direct Deposit (EFT): $0 USD, €0 EUR, £0 GBP, ¥0 JPY, or $0 CAD
  • Wire: $100 USD, €100 EUR, £100 GBP, ¥10,000 JPY, or $100 CAD
  • Check: $100 USD, €100 EUR, £100 GBP, or $100 CAD

Payment by check

If you aren't eligible for electronic payments, Amazon issues a check in the currency of the Amazon marketplace in which your skill generates revenue. Amazon sends you, through the mail, one check per marketplace. Amazon issues checks for sales within the Japan marketplace in US dollars.