How Much Does YouTube Pay You for 1 Million Views?

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    Alex Lefkowitz is the founder and CEO of Tasty Edits. He holds a BA in Entrepreneurship and is an experienced video editor, having edited hundreds of videos for dozens of creators before starting his own video editing company. Since launching Tasty Edits, he has directly managed thousands of video and thumbnail orders. Now, he draws on his experience working with professional creators to write about video editing, the creator economy, and video marketing. You can also read his work on Hackernoon and Medium. Plus, he's contributed several expert opinions in interviews and articles as a guest on platforms like Jotform.

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Planning your future as a video content creator? Then you’ll need to know exactly how much you can earn from YouTube videos. 

Some YouTubers are making millions off the platform every single year. Giants Jimmy Donaldson (aka MrBeast) and Logan Paul are even well on the way to reaching billionaire status thanks to their YouTube fame. They operate on a different level. 

For YouTube rookies, though, there are more realistic questions to answer. How much will you earn per video view? How much does YouTube pay for a batch of ad views? And how many subscribers or views do you need to make a living off the platform and become a full-time content creator? 

We took a deep-dive into all the factors that determined how much YouTube pays for 1 million views. Plus, we asked successful creators to share their stats with you! Ready? Let’s dive right in!

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Disclaimer: Views Aren't the Only Thing that Counts for Monetization!

Before we get into the nitty gritty of how much you can earn per view on YouTube, it’s important to understand that professional content creators don’t just rely on YouTube payouts to make a living. Most have multiple income streams, so that they can generate a solid income even if their YouTube earnings fluctuate. 

To start with, most YouTubers use affiliate marketing. You’ve seen this: They include links to products they mention or recommend in their video descriptions. When viewers click on these links to buy the products, they get a commission. 

Plus, many also sell merchandise, from t-shirts to notepads, to their loyal fans. Jake Paul, for instance, has an entire merch store dedicated to boxing-themed sports apparel.

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Here's what Jake Paul's merch store looks like.

Plenty of creators also sell digital products like online courses and e-books, or offer premium content on tipping and subscription platforms such as Patreon. 

Most high-profile YouTubers also have sponsorship agreements with various companies or are brand ambassadors. PewDiePie, for instance, has been sponsored by Ridge, Opera, World of Tanks, and NordVPN. Audible, G Fuel, and Loot Crate have all sponsored Markiplier. 

Want to learn more? Check out our guide to YouTube monetization here

That said, let’s move on to the per-view revenue you can earn directly from YouTube.

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Precondition: You Need to Join the Partner Program

There is one basic thing you need to do before you can start getting paid by YouTube at all. You need to join the YouTube Partner Program.

Otherwise, you won’t earn a cent, even if one of your videos goes viral and gets several million views.

To get a cut of the ad revenue YouTube makes off your videos, you need to:

Only once you’ve checked all of these boxes and have signed up for the Program via YouTube Studio will you be able to start earning money off the platform. Plus, you’ll also have access to other on-platform monetization features.

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Ryan Walsh's video walking you through the process of signing up for the YouTube Partner Program.

YouTube Payout Structure

Generally, there are three main modules that factor into how much money YouTube pays you for 1 million views: 

  • Shorts monetization 
  • Ads on horizontal video
  • Commerce produce module 

The first of these, YouTube Shorts monetization, means you opt into Shorts Feed Ads. As a result, YouTube pays out 45% of its revenues on Shorts, with your share based on how many views you got compared to other Shorts creators. The funds come from the common Creator Pool.

Want to learn more about that works? Check out our full Shorts monetization guide here!

Second, YouTube will pay you 55% of the net revenues it makes from ads on your horizontal videos. This is known as Watch Page Ads, but also applies if your content is streamed on other sites or in apps through the YouTube Video Player. 

Finally, the commerce produce module includes additional monetization features like channel such as Super Stickers, Super Chat, Super Thanks, and channel memberships:

  • Super Stickers and Super Chat let viewers highlight their messages in the comments during a live stream.
  • Super Thanks allows them to leave tips on videos of yours they love.
  • Channel memberships, finally, allow them to access perks like extra stickers, exclusive content, and 1:1 live chats. 
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Channel membership perks are a good way to increase your YouTube income (and audience loyalty!)

How Much Does YouTube Pay You for 1 Million Views?

Once you’ve joined the Partner Program, there are two metrics to help you figure out how much money you’ll earn through advertisements via AdSense.

One is YouTube CPM, the other CPC.

CPM stands for Cost Per Mille (“mille” is just Latin for one thousand). It tells you how much money advertisers pay for 1,000 impressions. Usually, advertisers who place their ads at the beginning of a video will pay rates in CPM. A higher CPM, means a higher income per 1 million views. 

After YouTube’s share is deducted from CPM, you’re left with RPM – that’s Revenue Per Mille. That’s not the whole story, though. That’s because the RPM you’ll see in your video analytics also includes earnings from other monetization features that benefit creators more directly, such as Super Thanks.

CPC stands for Cost Per Click. This metric tells you how much advertises pay for each click on one of their ads. Advertisers typically pay via this model for the ads around the video, but not actually in it.

When projecting your YouTube revenue, it’s best to focus on CPM / RPM as a metric, as it is more predictable than CPC.

Typical CPC rates on the platform are around $0.50. On average, CPM rates range between $2 and $15, though for some videos they can be as low as $0.50 or as high as $43.

Based on CPM, the range for how much YouTube pays you for 1 million views stretches from $500 to $43,000, with an average of $7,600.

That’s a huge difference! So what are the factors that can help you narrow it down? Here’s the scoop.

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What Factors Influence How Much YouTube Pays You for 1 Million Views?

In general, there are four main factors that determine how much YouTube pays you for 1 million views: your niche, your audience, your geographic location, and the length of your videos.

🎯 Your Niche

To begin with, your average ad income will depend partly on what your niche is.

For example, ad rates for channels that cover financial topics and entrepreneurship are higher than for channels that focus on fashion or cooking.

According to a review of over 50+ “What YouTube Paid Me” articles by Joseph Hogue – whose channel Let’s Talk Money we’ll take a closer look at below – ad rates for gaming channels can be as low as $2 CPM, while vlog and entrepreneurship channels hover around $5.

The reasons for this are fairly straightforward. Finance-related niches have much higher revenue potential for advertisers. And that makes them happy to pay more in YouTube’s auction-based ad allotment system. (Interested in what the most profitable niches are? Check out our in-depth article here!)

📊 Your Audience Demographics

Another factor that determines how much money you’ll make from 1,000,000 views are the demographics of your audience.

Ultimately, your ad revenue is determined by what ads play on your videos. That, in turn, depends on viewers’ location, watch history, gender, Google search history, age range, and mobile ad usage.

Consequently, an audience with more disposable income whose spending habits and general interests in high-potential niches are evident from their search and watch history will earn you more per million views.

📍 Location

A third factor to consider when calculating your income is geography. You need to factor in your own geographic location, the language of your videos, and your target audience’s geographic location.

Generally, YouTube creators will find the highest CPM rates in Western European countries, where people have high purchase power. According to an unofficial survey, Norway and Germany offer the highest CPM potential, with rates of $43 and $39 respectively.

YouTubers in these places can produce content in local languages targeted at local audiences in high-income countries.

In contrast, a YouTuber in Cambodia producing content in Khmer, the local language, will see average CPM rates of $0.52.

German YouTubers enjoy some of the highest CPM values. As Bitcoin is in the financial niche, this YouTuber can expect a substantial CPM.

⏳ Video Length

Finally, another factor that influences how much 1 million views will earn you is the length of your video, since it influences how many ads you can place and where. 

If your video is at least 5 minutes long, YouTube lets you insert back-to-back ads in the middle of your video. These mid-roll ads boost your overall earnings, especially if you insert them at strategic points in your content. 

You’ll find examples of this in the Case Study videos below.

Other types of ads you can place in your content include: 

  • skippable ads (5 seconds)
  • bumper ads (up to 6 seconds at the start of your video)
  • non-skippable ads (15-20 seconds) 
  • overlay ads (= a text banner) 

Which ad formats appear on your video is up to you – you can control it via AdSense. However, your video length is the basic determining factor of what type of ads make sense. After all, if it’s a short clip of 2.5 minutes, a 20-second non-skippable ad at the start will turn off potential viewers.

Calculator: How much does YouTube pay per view?

Got a headache yet? Not surprising. All these different factors are tricky to add up. But we’ve got your back!

Based on public CPM data for different niches and locations, we’ve created a calculator tool. Use it to estimate how much YouTube will pay you for different numbers of views.

Here we go!

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YouTube Revenue Calculator

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The Case Studies

Let’s get more concrete. Here are five channel case studies that can help you get a better idea of how much YouTube pays for 1 million views in 2024. Time to dive in!

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Dog World - 15 Poodle Mix Breeds That Will Melt Your Heart

Awww! And: This video earned nearly $10,000 per million viewers.

We’ll start off with Mick Staudinger’s channel Dog World. His video “15 Poodle Mix Breeds That Will Melt Your Heart” earned over 1.8 million views since it was originally published in July 2020.

Two years after, the revenue on this video tallied in at $16,504.33. That’s $9,708 per 1,000,000 views.

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Mick's revenue figures for the video above.
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Let’s Talk Money - The 10 Best Side Hustle Ideas and 7 Monthly Dividend Stocks That Will Pay Your Rent

Financial topics tend to be more lucrative. This one earned nearly $18,000 per million views.

Next up, we have Joseph Hogue’s finance-oriented channel Let’s Talk Money. Since its launch in 2017, it has generated over 31.7 million views all in all. The channel’s overall ad revenue was $480,763 as of the time of this writing. At about $15 per thousand views, it’s at the higher end of the average CPM range.

Two of Joseph’s videos are particularly successful – “The 10 Best Side Hustle Ideas” and “7 Monthly Dividend Stocks That Will Pay Your Rent”.

The former, first published in September 2018 earned $23,173 on 1.3 million views. That’s $17,825 per million views. The latter, which premiered in April 2021, made Joseph $29,511 after 1.3 million views. That converts to $24,592 per million views.

Why did this one earn $24,600 per million views? It’s because audiences with enough disposable income to buy stocks attract higher-paying advertisers.

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Clubhouse Convos - Dolly Parton 9 to 5 (Live 2019 Performance from 50 year anniversary)

Next up, there’s Brian Penny’s channel Clubhouse Convos, which specializes in behind-the-scenes videos and on-set interviews of Hollywood movies. The most popular video on this channel is a Dolly Parton performance of 9 to 5 from her 50th anniversary show at the Grand Ol Opry, which first went online in November 2019 and had 1.3 million views at the time Brian sent us his figures.

Videos that rely on other creators’ – or businesses’ – content will naturally earn less for the uploader, as they’ll be sharing any revenue. Over 1.3 million views, it netted Brian Penny less than $1,000 in total.

Clubhouse Convos’ case is an interesting one, as the channel has to share its revenue with the artist, the Opry, and NBC Universal/Comcast according to the automated Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) system.

Consequently, Brian’s own return on this video is at the lower end of the spectrum, at $961.83, or $739 per million views.

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Here are Brian's numbers for the Dolly Parton video.

Reading.com - Learn ABCs With the Alphabet Song

Our next example comes from the kids’ niche. Katie Osburn, Social Media Manager at Teaching.com, was happy to tell us a little bit about the YouTube channel Reading.com. The channel complements the Reading.com app, which helps kids learn to read using a phonics program.

Educational content for kids is hugely popular on YouTube, but there are stricter rules on advertisements.

Reading.com’s video Learn ABCs with the Alphabet Song has earned over 5.1 M views in the year after it was launched. CPM for child-oriented content is typically low, at about $0.50.

The reason for this is that many advertisers don’t have products that they can promote on kid content. That’s partly because YouTube applies a stricter standard – it’s legally required to. Nevertheless, channels that produce learning content for children are among the most successful on YouTube.

And, as Ryan Kaji has shown, kid channels can certainly be among the most profitable.

In the case of Learn ABCs With the Alphabet Song, the video has earned just over $1,640 over the past twelve months, which means that every 1 million views earned the channel about $300.

Katie shared the view from YouTube Studio with us:

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Learn the ABCs with the Alphabet Song - here's how it did in the year after it was uploaded. (Click the image for better quality)

Kal Kal Kids - Ek Mota Hathi Jhoom Ke Chal | Nursery Poem in Hindi

Finally, we have another case study from the kids’ educational niche – and a great illustration of how earnings can vary significantly by geographical region.

Kal Kal Kids is a Hindi-language channel run by Sachin Yadav. It offers educational content for children, such as bedtime stories, nursery rhymes, and songs to learn colors, animal sounds and letters.

Its video Ek Mota Hathi Jhoom Ke Chal, a nursery poem, reached 1.4M views in the twelve months after it was posted. Here it is!

Even though the content type and format is similar, though, Kal Kal Kids has a much lower CPM, due to the geographical location of its target audience. Over one year, the video earned 5,517 Indian Rupees (₹), or approximately $70. That breaks down to $50 per 1 M views.

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Kids love the nursery rhyme - and here's how it performed financially. (Click for better quality)

The Bottom Line

Overall, predicting how much YouTube pays you for 1,000,000 views is tricky. There’s some major variation depending on your geographic location, audience demographics, video length, and overall niche.

On average, though, you can expect to earn around $7,600 for a million views on original content, though the number can be significantly larger in high-income countries and niches such as finance and entrepreneurship.

At the end of the day, these insights can give aspiring YouTubers valuable information – about how to choose their niche and how to structure their content for maximum revenue potential.

Wondering about how YouTubers get paid based on their subscriber count? Check out this post on how much one YouTuber earned with 100 k.

The YouTubers

Lastly, many thanks to the five YouTubers who shared their experience with us!

mick staudinger

Mick Staudinger is an online entrepreneur and luxury enthusiast who is passionate about building online businesses and buying luxury watches. On his blog, he gives interesting insights into his entrepreneurial journey – and about great, affordable luxury watches.

joseph hogue

Joseph Hogue graduated from Iowa State University after serving in the Marine Corps. He holds a master’s degree in business and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He worked in corporate finance and real estate before starting a career in investment analysis at a venture capital research firm. Since leaving the corporate world, he’s grown his community on YouTube (Let’s Talk Money) and the blog My Stock Market Basics

brian penny

Brian Penny is a former operations manager and business analyst at Bank of America turned whistleblower and freelance journalist. His work is featured in Forbes, Cracked, HuffPost, High Times, and more.

reading.com app

The Reading.com YouTube channel features a sneak peek of content that is featured in the full Reading.com app, the ground-breaking phonics program specifically designed for a parent and child to use together. Check it out at @_readingcom and on the website!

sachin yadav

Sachin Yadav is a qualified SEO professional with over 10 years of experience in developing SEO analytics, keyword research, site auditing methods, and SEO. On his blog, Technologers.com, he shares interesting tech news, Cool Tips and top 10 software. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Facebook!

On average, you can earn $2,000 to $15,000 per million views on YouTube. The exact number depends on factors like your content niche, video length, and geographic location. 

You can expect to earn $2 to $15 per 1,000 views on YouTube, depending on your channel’s niche, geographic location, and video length. The average CPM (cost per mille) is $7.60. 

To start earning ad income from YouTube, you need to sign up for the platform’s Partner Program. To qualify, you need to adhere to YouTube’s community and monetization guidelines, have an AdSense account, and have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months. You’ll also need to be in a location where the Program is available.

At $2,000–15,000 per million views, you will earn around $40,000 to $300,000 for a 20 million views. The exact amount depends on your niche, how long the video is, where you are, and other factors.

A single view is worth around 1–2 cents on average, so for every $1 you make on YouTube, you need about 50–100 views. First, however, you need to join the Partner Program.

A billion views translates to about $2 million to $15 million in YouTube ad revenue.

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  • Alex Lefkowitz

    Alex Lefkowitz is the founder and CEO of Tasty Edits. He holds a BA in Entrepreneurship and is an experienced video editor, having edited hundreds of videos for dozens of creators before starting his own video editing company. Since launching Tasty Edits, he has directly managed thousands of video and thumbnail orders. Now, he draws on his experience working with professional creators to write about video editing, the creator economy, and video marketing. You can also read his work on Hackernoon and Medium. Plus, he's contributed several expert opinions in interviews and articles as a guest on platforms like Jotform.

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