What is your pricing?



On Prolific, we endorse the principle of 'ethical rewards'. We believe fair pay leads to better data quality. We therefore recommend you pay participants at least £7.50/$9.60 per hour, while the minimum pay allowed is £5.00/$6.50 per hour.

How much does it cost?

To find out exactly what your study costs:

  • Login to your account
  • Go to step 1 in your dashboard and enter:

    a) how many participants you want to recruit 
    b) how much you want to pay each participant
  • The system will give you a quote based on these parameters, which includes our service charge and any VAT if applicable. 

What is your Service Fee?

  • We add a 33.33% service fee on top of the total participant cost
  • This service charge is used to provide all of the services that keep the Prolific platform running, like software development, hosting, customer support, and payments processing

What if I don't yet have an account?

  • If you don't have an account yet, try our handy online calculator on our Pricing page.

How do I top-up?

  • You must fund your studies up-front by topping up your account in advance of running the studies

  • We then manage the payments to your participants

  • The quickest way to top up your account is by making a card payment, which is very easy and instant

  • It can take a few days for bank transfers to be reflected on your account balance, due to our internal checks

  • Unfortunately, we can't accept payments by cheque

  • Some banks/card providers may impose additional charges for international transfers

  • Please get in touch with your bank if you would like further information related to transfer fees


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