We’ve created a Kickstarter fee calculator to help you calculate the costs that you will pay to Kickstarter.
Skip directly to start using the Kickstarter calculator on Google Sheets.
Kickstarter’s fees are listed on their website and differ depending on the country from which you launch your campaign.
Kickstarter Fees in the United States
The basic structure in the United States is that you pay Kickstarter a flat 5% fee of the total funds that you raise. This fee is paid directly to Kickstarter at the end of your successful campaign.
Additionally, you have to pay a processing fee on each transaction. This fee covers the card payment processing. This cost is an additional 3% plus $0.20 for each pledge.
Kickstarter has also added micropledge option that lowers the cost of the payment processing fees for pledges that are less than $10. For any pledge under $10, you pay an increased percent fee of 5% with the lowered $0.05 on top.
To keep the math simple on our Kickstarter fee calculator, we used the higher rate. This ensures that you don’t underestimate the fees that you will have to pay.
Download Kickstarter Fee Calculator
You can watch this video to learn how to download and use the calculator.
We created a free calculator so you can estimate the costs of your campaign. It is built in Google Sheets.
You can view and make a personal copy of the calculator here on Google Sheets.
How to Use the Calculator
The document is read-only, so the first thing you need to do is to make a copy to your own Google Drive account. If you don’t have a Google account you will need to make one first.
Click File> Make a Copy…
This will give you your own editable version of the calculator.
Then you can input your estimates for the campaign. You only need to change the values in the highlighted yellow cells in column B.
The first value is the estimated amount of money you expect to raise. You should try a few different inputs here. Start with your funding goal and then see the costs if you raise 2x your goal.
Remember: you don’t need to calculate costs if you raise less than your goal. Kickstarer does not charge any fees for projects that do not tip (e.g. are note successful).
Next, add the number of backers you expect to have on the project. For a reasonable estimate, think about the average amount that each backer will give.
The calculator will then use this to take out the fees for the payment processor. These fees depend on the number of pledges that your campaign receives.
Once you have inputted the two values you will get the estimated total cost.
It also will auto-populate a pie chart to show you the estimated percent of the total funds you get to keep and the percent that goes to Kickstarter.
Since the calculator is just to help you estimate this will not reflect 100% of the true cost of the campaign. To accurately account for every penny you would need to know how much each user is going to contribute. Using the average will help you get a clearer idea of the final, true cost.
Do Fees Make More Cents Now?
Bad puns aside, hopefully, this calculator helped you estimate the cost of your new Kickstarter campaign. If you have ideas on how to make it more accurate, please add them to the comments. If we get enough requests, we might build a calculator for Indiegogo, too.
Updated Dec. 18: Added video demo for using tool.