How Much Do the Top Ten Youtubers Make? The video below shows the ten YouTube producers that make the most money.
The video skips all the Vevo channels and music channels. All the money amounts below are figured after YouTube takes its 45% chunk of the earnings.
Top YouTube Money Maker #10: Ray William Johnson
Comedian Ray William Johnson is the first YouTuber to earn more than $1 million per year. Johnson earns an estimated $1 million to $2 million dollars a year on YouTube. Johnson started making money on YouTube back in 2008, only a few years after YouTube’s launch.
Johnson’s approach to making money on YouTube was to provide comedic commentary on currently viral videos in his series, =3. The show has brought in 12 million subscribers and 2.8 billion views.
Tired of producing the show, Johnson stopped making new shows for three months, then hired a new host. The show is now losing about 10,000 subscribers each month.
Top YouTube Money Maker #9: TobyGames
Known as “Tobuscus,” TobyGames produces skits, vlogs and plays video games. His videos have generated 3.2 billion views and his multiple channels have 15 million subscribers. TobyGames’ YouTube success launched him into television, where he appeared on the popular cartoon “The Annoying Orange.”
Top YouTube Money Maker #8: Jenna Marbles
The eighth biggest money earner on YouTube is comedian Jenna Marbles, who makes an estimated $2 million annually. Marbles started her YouTube career in 2010 and has 14 million subscribers and 1.6 billion views. Her most successful video with 60 billion views is called How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking. That video and another offering called What Girls Do in the Car launched her into YouTube fame.
Marbles’ channel is the most subscribed to channel on YouTube run by a woman. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters in Sports Psychology. She’s been featured on ABC News and in the New York Times.
Top YouTube Money Maker #7: Sky Does Minecraft
Adam Dalberg, the producer behind YouTube’s seventh biggest money maker Sky Does Minecraft, pulls in about $2 million to $3 million each year. Dalberg got his start with a YouTube team called “Crafted.” He averages 55 million views per month and has 2.5 billion views total. He has almost a million twitter followers.
Top YouTube Money Maker #6: College Humor
College Humor pulls in about $2.5 to $3.5 million annually, making it the sixth biggest money maker on YouTube. A segment called “Jake & Amir” propelled the channel to widespread fame. The show is about two men who drive each other crazy to comedic effect. The channel has almost ten million subscribers and almost 3.4 billion views. After eight years, the show is now coming to an end, bringing to a close one of the longest running shows on the internet video giant.
The pair have been on TV numerous times pranking each other. One of their most notorious pranks was when a skydiving instructor told them their parachute wouldn’t open while they were falling from a plane.
Top YouTube Money Maker #5: Smosh
Smosh makes serious money on YouTube – about $3 million to $4.5 million a year. Smosh is produced by Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. The show was one of the first big YouTube hits and originally became known for parodies of cultural sensations like Pokemon. Parents who found the video offensive flagged the parody and got it removed. Undaunted, Smosh made a parody of the parents who flagged the video.
The pair is currently in talks with TV networks to bring their show to cable. Smosh gets about 87 million views each month and has over four billion views total. The channel has nearly 20 million subscribers.
Top YouTube Money Maker #4: Epic Meal Time
YouTubes fourth biggest money maker is Epic Meal Time. Epic Meal Time has an estimated net worth of $6 million and makes videos about things like eating a lot of bacon. They’ve recently moved to television’s FYI Network.
Epic Meal Time is one of the first YouTube channels to transition to TV. They’ve had guests such as Tony Hawk and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They have produced 167 episodes and have 778 million views and 6.6 million subscribers.
Top YouTube Money Maker #3: DC Toys Collector
The gist of the channel is to show only the hands of an unnamed Brazilian woman as she opens, assembles and plays with different Disney toys.
Top YouTube Money Maker #2: Pewdiepie
The second biggest earner on YouTube rakes in money at a rate of $8 million to $12 million a year. A 25 year old gamer, Pewdiepie provides extremely funny commentary. In one month he scored 392 million views.
He has over 8 billion total views and almost 35 million subscribers. There is no other channel with more views than Pewdiepie, including Vevo. The gamer’s channel has 12 million more views than the next biggest channel. He has around 5.3 million Twitter followers.
Top YouTube Money Maker #1: Shaycarl
The top YouTube money maker is Shaycarl, who sold his business for $500 million. Shaycarl all but invented vlog videos. His video production company was bought by Disney, with an additional future bonus of $450 million depending on how well the company performs in the next year. Shaycarl’s company was valued at $950 million, which makes him the biggest YouTube money maker in history.