Transaction fees, also called effective rates or merchant fees, are fees that are charged to you by your payment processor on each transaction processed. The fee includes the bank interchange, the credit card association fees, and the processor fee. There are several factors that will determine your transaction fees:
Depending on how many credit card transactions your business processes every year, you are subject to different levels of certification from the Payment Card Industry, or PCI. Compliance is achieved and maintained through important security measures.
Fraud risks are a significant driver of transaction fees, especially for merchants who process payments online. Merchant processors will assess your fraud risk exposure on a number of factors, and there are security measures you can put in place to reduce your transaction fees.