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How much is LinkedIn Premium? Everything you need to know
If you’ve used LinkedIn at all, you know Microsoft regularly pushes Premium, a paid subscription option for the social network. Below we’ll explain how much it costs, what you get for your money, and whether it’s worth it.
In the US, the consumer version of LinkedIn Premium costs $29.99 per month after a one-month trial.
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How much is LinkedIn Premium?
On its website, Microsoft is cagey about pricing — usually it wants you to sign up for a free month-long trial before revealing that info.
There are actually two Premium plans, but one of them is intended for businesses. The consumer option is Premium Career, which costs $29.99 per month in the US after the trial period ends. It’s available in other countries as well, but you’ll have to check your local site for details.
What do you get with LinkedIn Premium?
There are a variety of perks to a Premium Career plan, among them:
- A badge on your profile.
- An uncensored view of who’s visited your profile in the last 90 days, excluding anyone who’s chosen to remain anonymous.
- InMail credits for messaging contacts outside your personal LinkedIn network, up to five free outgoing messages per month.
- An optional “open” profile that anyone can contact for free.
- Access to LinkedIn Learning courses to improve your skills.
- Direction to jobs that best match your skills, experience, education, and salary requirements.
- Interview preparation tools.
- Company and salary insights.
Is LinkedIn Premium worth it?
If you’re jobseeking, it’s at least worth experimenting with the free trial. You’ll get more exposure to recruiters, and have better chances with LinkedIn-based job applications. You may find some LinkedIn Learning courses useful for skill upgrades, say if you’re not familiar with Agile project management or the finer points of Excel or SQL — just don’t expect to get certified credentials. You’ll have to take those exams separately.
If you’re still job-hunting by the end of the trial period, you’ll have to evaluate how realistic it is that Premium might help. If you haven’t been approached by recruiters, had any InMail replies, or scored any interviews, you should probably revert to LinkedIn Basic before you’re charged. $30 is a lot to spend on any online subscription when you’re not pulling income.
Avoid paying for Premium if you’re not after a new job, or you’re looking for a blue-collar position such as construction or restaurant work. It isn’t really built for those scenarios, so at best you might find value in its online courses — and you can find a lot of that information elsewhere, sometimes for free.
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