How to Figure What the Dividend Payment Is on a Stock

by C. Taylor, studioD

Dividends offer an additional incentive for stock investors by way of distributed profits. In addition to the potential gain from stock price increases, dividends pay a set amount annually for each share you own. The payments are usually divided into quarters, although a company may decide to distribute dividends in different periods. The dividend amount is freely available from your broker, so you can easily calculate the amount of your periodic dividend payment.

Call your broker and ask what the dividend payment is for a given stock. You can also find this information by searching the ticker symbol on one of many financial websites, such as, or As an example, Intel Corporation offers a $0.84 annual dividend as of publication.

Divide this dividend figure by the number of periods in a year. In most cases, payments are made quarterly, so you would divide by four. In the example, you would receive $0.21 per share quarterly.

Multiply this figure by the number of shares you own. This derives your actual payment per period. In the example, if you had 500 shares of Intel stock, you would receive $105 per quarter.

About the Author

C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.