Coinbase uses a maker-taker fee model for determining advanced trading fees. Orders that provide liquidity (maker orders) are charged different fees than orders that take liquidity (taker orders). Fees are calculated based on the current pricing tier you are in when the order is placed, and not on the tier you would be in after a trade is completed. We recommend checking your fee tier before you trade to ensure you are in the updated pricing tier.
Determining maker and taker orders
When you place an order at the market price that gets filled immediately, you are considered a taker and will pay a taker fee. When you place an order which is not immediately matched by an existing order, that order is placed on the order book. If another customer places an order that matches yours, you are considered the maker and will pay a maker fee.
When you place an order that gets partially matched immediately, you pay a taker fee for that portion. The remainder of the order is placed on the order book and when matched is considered a maker order. You pay a maker fee for this remaining portion of the total order.
To see the complete fee structure, sign in to your Coinbase.com account and see the advanced trade fees page.
How are taker fees calculated?
Your taker fees are based upon total USD trading volume over the trailing 30-day period across all order books. Transactions made on books quoted in USD, e.g. BTC-USD, are counted as the total USD amount of each filled order.
Transactions made on non-USD books are converted to USD based on the most recent fill price on the respective book. For example, a purchase of 1 ETH on the ETH-BTC book will be immediately converted to a USD equivalent based on the most recent fill price on the ETH-USD book.
General Coinbase fees and disclosures
See our pricing and fees help article to learn more about our cryptocurrency transaction fees and more.