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A recoverable draw is a way for employees to withdraw from their future commissions to maintain a more regular income.

For example, employee Xu is entitled to a recoverable draw of $1,000 per commission period. Xu earns $1,000 in commissions during that period and uses their full draw amount of $1,000 to take a total variable compensation payment of $2,000.

Next month, Xu earns $3,000 in sales commission and has to repay the $1,000 drawn from the previous period, so Xu still only takes home $2,000 that period.

If Xu only earned $2,500 in commission the next period, their employer will take collect the remaining $500 in the next pay period.

There are no set terms for recoverable draws. These are determined by the employer and laid out in the employee’s contract.

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