Shutterstock has paid over $500 million to its contributors.

Keep your copyright. License non-exclusively. Earn up to 30% of the sale price of your content.

Earnings Breakdown

Your Lifetime Earnings as a Contributor* Monthly Subscriber Image** On Demand Image** (Sml/Med) On Demand Image** (Any Size) Custom Image /
Enhanced License Image**
Footage Clip
$0 - $500 $0.25 $0.81 $1.88 20% (up to $80) 30%
*As your lifetime earnings increase, the amount you earn per download increases, too.
**Images include photos, vectors and illustrations.

Referral Earnings

Refer Images
For the first two years after a contributor you referred is approved, earn $0.04 each time one of their images* is downloaded.
Refer Clips
For the first year after a contributor you referred is approved, earn 10% of the sale price actually received by Shutterstock each time one of their clips* is downloaded.
Refer Customers
When you refer a customer to Shutterstock, you’ll earn 20% of their first payment, up to $200.**
*Referral earning is for clips or images uploaded by your referred contributor.
**For example, if you refer a buyer whose first purchase is a $249 monthly membership, 20% ($49) will be added to your current account. The referral earning only applies to the first monthly payment received by Shutterstock for any given membership plan.
Shutterstock reserves the right to withhold payments due to you under the Shutterstock Referral Program for up to 90 days from the date your referred contributor or subscriber establishes its Shutterstock account (see Paragraphs 10a and 10b of the Terms of Service.)