Getting paid

Intro to AdSense payments

Are you wondering when your AdSense payment will arrive? Trying to figure out whether you'll be paid this month, or next month? This guide explains our payment process.

  1. 5 steps to getting paid
  2. Tracking earnings
  3. Payment timelines or "When am I paid?"
  4. Holding payments
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5 steps to getting paid


You must complete all the steps below to get your account set for your first AdSense payment. Keep in mind that your earnings will need to reach the appropriate thresholds before you can provide your tax details, select a payment method, and enter your PIN or phone verification number. If you complete all of these steps by the 15th of the month, you should be included in that month’s payment cycle.
  1. Check your address

    Since payments and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs), which we'll describe below, are sent to the mailing address in your account, it's important to confirm the accuracy of your payment address and payee name. Keep in mind, especially, that checks and Western Union payments are made out to the payee name exactly as entered in your account.

    If you need to correct any information, follow the instructions in our Help Center.

  2. Provide your tax information (not required in all locations)

    Depending on your location, we may be required to collect tax-related information from you. If you're required to provide tax information, you can do so by visiting the Account settings page in your AdSense account. Look for the Payment settings section and click the "edit" link next to Tax information. Our interface will help guide you to the appropriate forms and requirements for your particular situation.

  3. Select your payment method

    Depending on your payment address, there may be a number of payment options available to you, including checks, Electronic Funds Transfer, and Western Union Quick Cash. The easiest way to find out your payment options is to visit your Account settings page and, in the "Payment settings" section, click "edit payment method."

  4. Verify your address and phone number

    When your earnings reach the verification threshold, we'll mail a Personal Identification Number to the payment address in your account. You'll need to enter this PIN into your AdSense account before we can send any payments to you. Your PIN will be sent by standard post and will take 2-4 weeks to arrive.

    Depending on your location, you may also be asked to verify your phone number. As part of this process, our system will call you at a pre-arranged time, and you'll be required to dial in a verification number that appears in your AdSense account.

  5. Earn enough to meet the payment threshold

    When your total finalized earnings balance reaches the payment threshold, we'll send you a payment at the end of the next month. This threshold varies depending on the payment currency in your account.

    Let's say, for example, that the payment threshold for your account is US$100. In this case, if your finalized unpaid earnings reached $100 during January and you completed the 4 steps above, we would send you a payment at the end of February.

    If your finalized unpaid earnings haven't yet reached the payment threshold, they'll roll over to the next month and accrue until they meet the threshold.

    Payments are sent within approximately 30 days of the end of the month. See the timeline of our payment cycle in the Payment Timelines section below.

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Tracking earnings


You'll see a daily summary of your estimated earnings on your Home page. For more details, you can track your estimated AdSense earnings on the Performance Reports tab of your account. There's also important information included in the Payments page, which is linked from the Home tab.

The Payments page tracks the status of previously issued payments, as well as monthly account calculations. You can click the Earnings details link for any month to view your total finalized earnings, as well as any adjustments made to your account. Once you've qualified for a payment, and your payment has been made, you'll see it listed on this page as Payment issued. Click on the link to see the payment details as well as the exchange rate used to calculate your local currency payment, if applicable.

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Payment timelines or "When am I paid?"


This section describes how the AdSense payment cycle operates throughout the month, to give you a good idea of when and how your payment will arrive.

Earnings finalized: On the last day of each month, our system identifies all accounts that have reached the payment threshold. All the accounts that have reached the threshold are then sent for approval. Within the first 10 days of the month, a link with specific earnings details will be posted to your Payments page.

Payment issued: Towards the end of the month, a Payment issued line will be posted to your Payments page, indicating your payment has been calculated. At this time, we'll have your payment processed and sent to you.

Payment arrives: The time it takes for your payment to arrive depends on payment method you've selected.

  • Standard delivery checks: generally arrive within 1-2 weeks of the mailing date in the U.S.; outside of the U.S. typically arrive in 2-6 weeks.
  • Secure delivery checks: generally arrive in 5-7 days.
  • EFT payments: should arrive in your bank account within 4-10 days.
  • Western Union Quick Cash payments: available for pick-up at a local agent the day after they are issued.
  • Rapida payments: available for pickup at your local post branch two business days after they are sent.

If there are any problems with your payment, a notice will be posted on your Payments page. If you haven't received your payment 60 days after it was issued, you can request a reissue.

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Holding payments


If you'd prefer not to receive payments for a while, we're happy to hold payments for you. Just set up a payment self-hold in your account.

Setting a hold will stop payments and your account will continue to accrue earnings. After you remove your hold, we'll send you a single consolidated payment for all your unpaid earnings in the next payment cycle. To set or remove a hold, follow these instructions.

Changes to your hold settings should be made by the 15th of the month, or they may not take effect for the current payment cycle.

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