How is my Amazon EBS snapshot bill calculated?

Last updated: 2020-08-25

I've taken snapshots of an Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volume. How am I billed for Amazon EBS snapshots?

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Charges for EBS snapshots are calculated by the gigabyte-month. That is, you are billed for how large the snapshot is and how long you keep the snapshot. For detailed pricing information, see Amazon EBS pricing.

To view the charges for your EBS snapshots, do the following:

  1. Open the Billing and Cost Management console.
  2. Choose Bills in the navigation pane.
  3. In the Bill details by service section, expand Elastic Compute Cloud.

Amazon EBS snapshots are stored incrementally. When you take a new snapshot, only the blocks that you changed after your last snapshot are saved, and you're billed only for those changed blocks.

For example, if you have a volume that's storing 100 GB of data, you are charged for the full 100 GB of data for the first snapshot. If you have 105 GB of data at the time of the next snapshot, then you are billed only for the additional 5 GB of snapshot storage with the second snapshot.