- YouTube creators who are part of the Partner Program can monetize their videos with ads.
- The amount of money different creators make per video varies based on a variety of factors.
- We spoke with dozens of creators who shared how much money they’ve earned on YouTube.
This is the latest installment of Insider’s YouTube money logs, where creators break down how much they earn.
YouTubers can earn their money a number of ways, from sponsorships to selling merchandise. But revenue from Google ads is a big chunk of many YouTube stars’ incomes.
Social-media creators who are part of the YouTube Partner Program can earn money off their videos with Google-placed ads.
To start earning money directly from YouTube, creators must have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in the past year. Once they reach that threshold, they can apply for YouTube’s Partner Program, which allows creators to start monetizing their channels through ads, subscriptions, and channel memberships.
Eight YouTubers recently shared their RPM rates, or revenue per mille. The YouTubers said they earned between $1.61 and $29.30 per 1,000 views. (Read the full breakdown of their RPMs.)
How much YouTubers earn per month from the platform depends on factors like the amount of views, audience location, and content category. 26 YouTubers explained how much they earned per month and it ranged from $82 and $83,000.
Those earnings can vary by month for creators. For example, Sarah Lavender, a YouTuber with about 100,000 followers, earned different monthly incomes ranging from about $1,000 in one month to over $6,000 in another. (She broke down her exact earnings each month for a year.)
Another YouTuber, who has over 1 million subscribers and makes videos about personal finance, earned over $50,000 in a single month.
But YouTube creators with far fewer followers can also make decent money. Nano influencer Jen Lauren earned $213 in a month, for instance.
In all, Insider has spoken with dozens of YouTube creators about how much each of them made per month, on videos with 100,000 or 1 million views, and other financial topics.
Here’s a comprehensive breakdown of Insider’s YouTube money logs series:
How much money YouTubers make a month
Many YouTube creators earn money off the ads that play in their videos and receive a monthly payout.
So how much do YouTubers generally make per month?
Here’s a full breakdown of our coverage of how much YouTuber creators earn monthly:
- 9 million subscribers: Nuseir Yassin, founder and creator behind Nas Daily
- 3.6 million subscribers: Ali Abdaal, a British YouTuber
- 1.8 million subscribers: Tiffany Ma, a lifestyle creator
- 1.7 million subscribers: Andrei Jikh, who films videos about cryptocurrency
- 1 million subscribers: Nate O’Brien, a personal-finance creator
- 600,000 subscribers: Kelly Stamps, a minimalism-lifestyle creator
- 600,000 subscribers: Manny Ortiz, a full-time photography YouTuber
- 350,000 subscribers: Charlie Chang, a personal-finance creator
- 269,000 subscribers: Joshua Mayo, a personal finance influencer
- 200,000 subscribers: Charli Prangley, a web and graphic design creator
- 200,000 subscribers: Erin Winters, a business creator
- 150,000 subscribers: SemideCoco, an ASMR creator
- 145,000 subscribers: Sarah Lavender, a full-time ASMR creator
- 125,000 subscribers: Levi Hildebrand, a zero-waste creator
- 80,000 subscribers: Chloe Tan, a college life creator
- 50,000 subscribers: Kelly Anne Smith, a personal-finance creator
- 50,000 subscribers: Macy Schmidt, a lifestyle creator
- 50,000 subscribers: Marissa Lyda, personal-finance creator
- 35,000 subscribers: Jake Tilk, a creator who makes videos about entrepreneurship
- 31,000 subscribers: Erica Boucher, a creator with a DIY candle making channel
- 30,000 subscribers: Aisha Beau Frisbey, a full-time lifestyle creator
- 19,300 subscribers: Reni Odetoyinbo, a personal finance influencer
- 6,800 subscribers: Meghan Pruitt, a college influencer
- 5,000 subscribers: Jen Lauren, a nano influencer
How much money YouTubers make per 1,000 views (RPM)
For every 1,000 ad views, advertisers pay a certain rate to YouTube. YouTube then takes 45% and the creator gets the rest.
Some subjects, like personal finance or cryptocurrency, can boost a creator’s ad rate by attracting a lucrative audience.
Toward the end of 2022, YouTube reported a slowdown in advertising in Q3, but when it comes to revenue from advertisers, creators Insider spoke with said earnings have largely gone unchanged.
Read the full breakdown: 8 YouTubers explain how much money they earn per 1,000 views — and how it’s changed in the last year
How much money YouTubers make on a single video
Creators on YouTube often have no idea how much money they will earn off a single video after they upload it to the platform.
Many creators also try to avoid swearing or copyrighted music in their content because those factors can increase a video’s chance of getting flagged by YouTube and demonetized.
So, if a creator does everything right in the eyes of YouTube, how much can they expect to make at the top end?
We asked 17 YouTube creators what the most money they’d made of a single video was.
Read the full post: YouTube stars reveal the most money they’ve made from a single video
How much money YouTubers make for 100,000 views
How much money a single YouTube video with 100,000 views makes from Google-placed ads depends on the content of the video and the audience who watches.
The amount of money a video will earn also depends on its watch time, length, and video type, among other factors.
Here’s a full breakdown of our coverage on how much YouTube creators make for 100,000 views:
- How much money a YouTube video with about 100,000 views makes, according to 6 creators
- A YouTube creator explains how much she makes from video with 100,000 views about her day-to-day life
How much money YouTubers make for 1 million views
Though making money from YouTube depends on a variety of factors, amassing 1 million views can often net a creator a big payday.
Here’s a full breakdown of our coverage of how much YouTube creators make for 1 million views:
- How much money YouTube pays for 1 million views, according to 6 creators
- How much a creator earns for 1 million views on ASMR videos