We picked out 20 of the biggest stars, who could each be earning more than $1 million a year in ad revenue — in some cases much more.
A range of earnings estimates for each channel was provided byYouTube analytics company SocialBlade. Its estimates are placed within upper and lower limits, based on their daily views multiplied by a low cost-per-thousand impression advertising (CPM) rate of $0.60 and a high rate of $5. The range is wide to account for differences in the type of ad (including kinds of banner ads and pre-roll) and brand value. These estimates also assume that every video is monetized, which is not always the case.
Even after subtracting Google's 45% cut, these YouTube stars have got it made.