Jira Pricing: Plan & Cost Guide for 2021

Jira is among of our favorite project management software and also one of the cheapest. Keep reading to get all the Jira pricing details.

Fergus O'Sullivan
By Fergus O'Sullivan (Editor-at-Large, Writer)
— Last Updated: 2020-12-18T20:00:37+00:00

Project management software is a great tool to keep track of tasks and stay ahead of whatever needs to be done. However, as you can see in our full guide to the best project management software, it generally doesn’t come cheap. Examples of tools that are both good and cheap are few and far between, but we reserve a special place in our roundup for the way Jira pricing works.

Key Takeaways:

  • Jira is probably the cheapest, good task management tool out there: at $7 or $14 per user per month, few can beat it when it comes to value.
  • Jira’s free plan is out of this world, and small teams that just develop software may find it’s all they need.
  • When choosing a plan for a large team, take care to look at both monthly and yearly options as the way Jira progresses from user tier to user tier is a bit weird.
  • Yes, you can, and it may even be advisable to do so in certain cases. If you have a large team that doesn’t fit in neatly with the way Jira scales its pricing, paying per month could work out a lot cheaper for you than paying for an annual subscription.

  • That depends. A company smaller than 10 people may be just fine using only the free plan. If you have more users or need more features, especially security options, going for the Standard or Premium plans may be a good idea. If you need enterprise-grade security, then contact Atlassian sales for a quote on its Enterprise plan.

Jira Pricing Plans

As we mention in our full review of the software, Jira pricing is very good, maybe even the best in the business. Not only does it scale very fairly, unlike, say, monday.com or Asana, you don’t have strange lurches between plans.

Jira progresses much more smoothly and is pretty cheap, to boot, with paid plans only costing $7 and $14 per person per month, respectively. It’s a steal, as you can see in this table.

How Much Does Jira Cost?

Free
  • : Max. 10 users
Standard
  • : Annual price is for 10 users; with more than 10, annual pricing changes based on the number of users. Monthly pricing changes with teams over 100.
Premium
  • : Annual price is for 10 users; with more than 10, annual pricing changes based on the number of users. Monthly pricing changes with teams over 100.

What Is Jira Good For?

Of course, having low pricing is great, but it does raise the question whether it’s a good value for money. In the case of Jira Software, we can safely say that it’s one of the best in the business, especially if you’re developing software using Agile methodology. As such, it’s won spots on both our best kanban tools and best scrum software lists.

jira software cloud kanban
Jira has one of the sleekest, cleanest interfaces around.

Some of its strengths include its ability to integrate with all kinds of other apps and software — including other project management tools, a topic we explore in our monday.com vs Jira article —  as well as offering a strong overview. It may be a bit too sleek for some, however. In which case, we recommend you check out our Wrike review, another tool aimed at devs.

Is There a Free Version of Jira?

Jira has a free plan, and it’s great. In fact, unless your team is bigger than 10 people or you need specific features, there is a chance you may never need to pay for Jira at all. The free plan is ridiculously generous with what it allows you to do, and it’s on par with Trello and Asana as the best free project management software.

Unlike Asana or Jira’s Atlassian sibling Trello, pretty much all functions necessary to keep software teams going are included in the free plan. This means that you’re good to go from the start. However, should you find that you need features locked away behind a paywall, both paid plans have a month-long free trial, no credit card required.

Jira Pricing for Large Teams

However, as we mention in our full review and Jira vs Asana comparison, there is something funny going on when it comes to annual pricing for teams larger than 10 people and monthly pricing for teams larger than 100.

Monthly pricing stays the same until 100 people — so $7 for one team member per month, and $700 for 100 of them (or in the Premium plan, $14 and $1,400, respectively).

For any additional person past 100, Jira seems to knock a penny off the price per user per month for the Standard plan and $0.04 off per user for the Premium plan, though there isn’t all that much method to this madness. This is what a sampling looks like in a table.

Users:100101105110115120200
Standard monthly price per user per month$7.00$6.99$6.95$6.91$6.87$6.83$6.50
Premium monthly price per user per month$14.00$13.96$13.81$13.64$13.48$13.33$12.00

Jira Pricing Quirks

As you can see, there’s not much logic in all that, and we recommend you play around a bit with the tables on Jira’s pricing page. That said, we do like how transparent Jira is, so it’s not all bad.

The annual subscriptions suffer from a similarly quirky progression. Pricing is divided into tiers based on the number of users, but they’re very oddly spaced and offer no discount.

On top of that, because of the odd spacing, you may end up paying a lot more than you’d expect. We’ve again put a sample in a table. Note that much like with the monthly plans, discounts don’t kick in till you have more than 100 people signed up.

Users:Up to 1011-1516-2526-5050-100101-200201-300
Standard price per year$700$1,050$1,750$3,500$7,000$13,000$18,500
Premium price per year$1,400$2,100$3,500$7,000$14,000$24,000$32,500

Our problem with these user tiers is that if you fall just out of a lower one and are put in a higher one — say, if you have 11 or 16 team members — you completely negate the discount from paying annually. While we understand having catch-all tiers for large teams — say, over 50 — having them for smaller teams seems like a bit of a cash grab.

That said, we’re not as critical of Jira as you might expect. We found all the above information right there on the site, no digging required. Jira’s pricing system may be weird, but they’re completely open about it. As veteran reviewers of all kinds of software, we at Cloudwards can assure you this is very rarely the case.

Jira Self-Hosted Options

Lastly, you can opt to self-host the Jira Software, meaning you can configure system security and all that yourself. This may be the ideal solution for tech-savvy teams, as the price is a lot lower: $10 one-time payment for a server (though you need to pay annual maintenance fees after the first year), or a full data center for $20,000, which, well, it’s a tad more than that.

jira cloud pricing vs server
All self-hosted plans come with a 30-day free trial.

If you’re interested in server and data center options rather than the standard Jira Cloud suite, contact the Jira service desk for more information. For academic institutions, there is a discount of 50 percent on server licenses for teams larger than 10 people, making it especially interesting for them.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Jira may be the best option out there for companies that need either a scrum or kanban board and are strapped for cash. Few project management tools offer a free plan as generous as Jira’s, and if you do decide to pay for it, the advantage remains. The first time we saw what Jira charges, we honestly thought we were reading it wrong — it’s just so cheap.

The only thing really to look out for when purchasing Jira is that you don’t end up accidentally in the wrong tier when paying annually, in which case you should go monthly. Other than that, Jira is a powerful piece of task management software that will stand you in good stead. 

Do you have any thoughts or comments on this breakdown of Jira’s pricing scheme? Let us know in the comments below and, as always, thank you for reading.