When trading options online through an online brokerage, some brokers will charge a base fee per trade + a per contract fee. Other brokers, specifically active trading brokers, typically charge only a per contract fee and no base fee.
When comparing broker option trading commission rates, it is important to review all of the broker commission notes in detail. The cost per buy or sell an option contract is only one part of the equation. Brokers charge different rates for exercising and assignments and will sometimes tier their rates to offer discounts to clients that trade more frequently.
Below are all the brokers and their base fee option rates. Brokers that do not charge a base rate are listed as $0.00. You can also view our list of the best options brokers.
Published on Monday, June 27th, 2016 .