Road to Snowflake SnowPro Core Certification: Pricing

Third Chapter: Snowflake Pricing

Gonzalo Fernandez Plaza
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5 min readSep 1, 2021


Third Chapter of the Snowflake SnowPro Core Certification Complete Course.
Third Chapter of the Snowflake SnowPro Core Certification Complete Course.

In this chapter, we will study in detail Snowflake pricing, the different capacity options, and the exam preparation part with the typical questions that usually appear in the Snowflake SnowPro Core Certification about pricing:

  1. Costs of each layer in Snowflake
  2. Capacity Options
  3. Typical Exam Questions about Pricing

Remember that all the chapters from the course can be found in the following link.


Snowflake pricing and cost are based on the actual usage. You pay for what you use and scale storage and compute independently. This is important; we will be charged individually for the computing and storage. Let’s see the price of each layer in detail.

Storage Costs

All customers are charged a monthly fee for the data they store in Snowflake. Storage cost is measured using the average amount of storage used per month, after compression, for all customer data stored in Snowflake. This question appears typically in the exam; remember that it’s the average amount after compression.

Storage Costs of a SnowFlake Account.
Storage Costs of a Snowflake Account.

The storage includes:

  • Data stored in tables, including historical data for Time Travel.
  • Fail-Safe historical data.
  • Internal Stages

We will see Fail-Safe and Time Travel later in the course, but it’s essential to know that storage costs are not just the data from the tables.

Compute Costs

Customers pay for virtual warehouses using Snowflake credits. The cost of these credits depends on the Snowflake edition that you are using, and the region of the Snowflake account. For example, these are the costs per credit for an account in US East (North Virginia) on AWS:



Gonzalo Fernandez Plaza
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