hCaptcha Payouts run quarterly on a 60 day trailing basis. To illustrate what this means, please see the table below.
* Please Note: we are currently working on a major backend transition to near-real-time reconciliation. Periodic reconciliations will run less frequently than usual in Q4 2019 and early Q1 2020. This does not affect payout schedules or dates.
** When the 15th falls on a weekend, the Payout Date is instead the 17th.
Payouts run throughout the day on the Payout Date, and are completed by midnight Pacific time.
As a reminder, only accurate human traffic is eligible for payouts. You can see more details on this in our FAQ, linked below. Available balance must also meet a minimum threshold in order to be eligible for payout, currently 10 HMT.
Real-time estimates do not reflect final accuracy or humanity, and thus your final earnings may vary substantially up or down from numbers shown in the Dashboard prior to your first reconciliation.
After each reconciliation, your per-sitekey estimates will be updated and the accuracy of future predictions should increase, unless your site has a material change in user behavior.
What does Reconciliation mean?
Reconciliation is the process whereby traffic is analyzed after the fact to verify its humanity and accuracy, once all data from all reporting sites is in. You can read more details in our FAQ as well as our blog posts, e.g. How hCaptcha Calculates Rewards.
Are you planning to speed this process up?
Yes, we are currently working on a variety of improvements to our backend systems that we expect will eventually allow us to offer both faster reconciliation, more rapid estimation accuracy, and faster payouts. We are currently working to speed up reconciliation first, and expect to make some announcements in this area in the next few months.