Is there any way to view dollars and resources spent for individual users managed through the Amazon IAM service?

I'm tasked with administering sub-accounts on behalf of an owner of an AWS account. The sub-accounts have permissions to launch EC2 instances. It's my job to make sure they don't spend too many resources on our account, but I can not find the breakdown of dollars spent by users anywhere.

How to get this information?

  • Some information here (from 2011): blog.bitnami.com/2011/12/…. Maybe the problem is that we need Premium Support in order to see this information? I'm surprised that the information is so hard to find... – Pimin Konstantin Kefaloukos Jul 8 '13 at 16:21
  • It seems CloudWatch has an ability (Billing alarm) which almost covers this issue. Not quite what I want, as I'm interested in monitoring individual users, not the overall spending. Also, you have to create the Alarm in N.Virginia (US East), but it should draw data from all regions. – Pimin Konstantin Kefaloukos Jul 8 '13 at 16:28
  • You should use tags with user=name – Guy Jul 8 '13 at 20:08
  • Yes, I've instructed the users to tag their instances. Of course that approach is a little fragile, as they have to remember to do it. – Pimin Konstantin Kefaloukos Jul 9 '13 at 8:26
  • Also that still does not solve the problem of getting a run-down of dollars spent per user. – Pimin Konstantin Kefaloukos Jul 9 '13 at 8:27

Per the IAM FAQ:

Q: Will AWS Billing provide aggregated usage and cost breakdowns by user?
A: Not initially. This is planned for a future release.

Future, yeah. You might be able to tease it out with Programmatic AWS Billing. I don't use IAM right now, but I do have PAB enabled. Here are the fields present in my CSV:


We use separate accounts + Consolidated Billing + Activity by Account for this exact purpose.

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Programmatic Billing Access files don't break it down to the IAM user level but you can use tagging to get a similar results.

Full disclosure, I work for Cloudability but we have a great tool to help with separating costs.


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