How Much Does LinkedIn Premium Cost?

How Much Does LinkedIn Premium Cost?

According to a 2020 report from Jobvite, a provider of HR tools and recruiting software, 72% of recruiters are active on LinkedIn – and 67% of recruiters say that LinkedIn provides the highest quality candidates.

If you are looking for a job, merely using LinkedIn’s free basic membership could put you ahead of the competition. On the other hand, if you want to “seal the deal,” a LinkedIn Premium Career (formerly known as Job Seeker) account (starting at $29..99/month) might be worth considering.

Key Takeaways

  • A LinkedIn Premium Career account costs $29.99 per month.
  • For the money, the Premium Career account offers several additional features over the basic account.
  • These include free InMails, profile views, more intel on the job and job applicants, and featured applicant status.
  • Some recruiters feel that having a premium status indicates that an applicant is more serious and professional about landing a job.

How a LinkedIn Basic (Free) Account Works

To understand the value of a LinkedIn Premium Career account, it’s essential to know what comes with a Basic (free) account.

With a Basic account, you can:

  • Create and maintain a professional identity online.
  • Build a network that includes other professionals.
  • Receive recommendations from other LinkedIn members and provide recommendations for them.
  • Search for people, jobs, companies, and more, including a limited number of advanced search features.
  • Save your search results and receive weekly alerts about them.
  • Receive (but not send) unlimited InMail messages.

What You Get With LinkedIn’s Premium Career Account

The Premium Career account (one of four premium accounts available on LinkedIn) offers several additional and expanded features:

Premium Profile 

This feature allows for a badge on your profile picture and search results. As a premium member, you can turn this feature on through the settings page. The advantage of a badge on your profile picture is that it helps you stand out from the rest of the job-seeking crowd and lets people viewing your profile that you are taking your career or job hunt seriously.

Featured Applicant Status 

As a premium member, your job application automatically sits above non-premium members when you apply for a job via Jobs You Might Be Interested In (JYMBII). This is similar to sponsored search status on Google

Full List of Profile Views 

Basic members can only see the last five views of their profile. By purchasing a premium membership, you will see all the people who have viewed your profile over the last 90 days.

More importantly, you receive information telling you how those people arrived at your profile. This allows you to personalize any contact you may wish to make. This would also let you strengthen the avenues that seem to be used most often by recruiters. 


InMail is LinkedIn’s personal message system that lets you communicate with people outside your individual LinkedIn network. This can be invaluable when you are looking for a job. LinkedIn members trust InMail and the likelihood of a response is higher than with traditional email. The Premium Career account lets you send up to five InMail messages per month. Users can purchase additional InMail messages. 

A Premium Career account allows you to contact potential employers directly through InMail, something Basic account holders can’t do.

Advanced Search 

The premium search filter lets you fine-tune searches and save time looking for the right job or recruiters likely to be interested in your skillset. Parameters include the ability to search for people based on company size, Fortune 500 ranking, seniority, and much more. 

Job Listing Breakdown 

When you search for jobs, you can use this feature to analyze your fellow job applicants by level of experience, skills, and even their degrees. Having this ability lets you decide whether to apply or not—based on where you fall in the applicant pool pecking order.

Open Profile

The Open Profile feature allows anyone to contact you without needing to be introduced or connected. Basic members have to either be connected or become connected through an introduction. This feature’s benefits may not be immediately apparent, but over time, the fact that you can be more easily approached may prove to be a real plus.