iStock Royalty Schedule

Changes to this rate schedule have been announced that will be effective January 1, 2017. See more here.

The Royalty Rate Level chart below explains what you make as a contributor when your files are licensed.

How We Determine Royalty Rates


For exclusive contributors, royalty rates for are determined by the total number of paid downloads (“Downloads”) of a contributor’s content by file type, across all iStock and Getty Images sales channels (excluding Thinkstock and API), during a calendar year.

All Downloads of Signature+ files through will count as two Downloads rather than one toward the Download Targets.

On January 1 of each year, each contributor’s license total is reset to zero and their Download total for the end of the prior year will establish the starting royalty rate on January 1. We may change the royalty rate targets annually and will give notice prior to the start of the applicable year.

See a complete list of royalty rates (including for licenses on, and other platforms) below.


Non-exclusive contributor royalty rates for are:
15% for photo
20% for illustration
20% for video

Your Downloads do not impact your royalty rate for licenses as a non-exclusive contributor.

See the complete list of royalty rates (including for licenses on, and other platforms) below.

How We Calculate Royalties

For files licensed using credits, the contributor’s royalty rate is applied to the net price of credits used to license a file. Credit prices vary depending on when they were purchased (as our prices change over time) and how many were purchased at once (as we discount bulk packages).

For files licensed using a subscription on, the contributor’s royalty rate is applied to the price per file. The price per file is determined at the end of each subscription month (which is specific to each subscription and may not be the end of the calendar month) by dividing the monthly price for that subscription by the number of downloads against that subscription.

For files licensed through platforms other than, the below chart shows where a flat royalty is applied and where a percentage royalty rate is applied to the License Fees (as defined in your Artist Supply Agreement).

Royalty Rate Levels, effective January 1, 2017

Partner Programs
GI Sales
GI Connect

These royalty rates apply to licenses of your files made through credits or subscription on

Downloads Non-Exclusive Exclusive
300,000 15% flat rate 45%
20,000 40%
5,000 35%
500 30%
Default 25%

Subscription licenses will have a minimum price per file (PPF) applied (so you will always get a royalty on every subscription download), as below, with your actual royalty applied based on the percentages above.

Collection Non-Exclusive Exclusive
Essentials or Signature collection $0.10 $0.75
Signature+ collection $0.10 $4.15
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