# Can I have 1 subscribers

If you’re considering a career as a YouTuber and want to know how many subscribers you need to make a living, welcome! While we can’t explore channels of all sizes, we can start by looking at the average salary of a Youtuber with 1 million subscribers.

Let’s get straight to it.

There are two answers to the questions “what is the average salary of a YouTuber with 1 million subscribers?” There is a simple answer, and then there is a more accurate long-winded and unsatisfying answer.

The average cost per thousand views (CPM) for advertisers is \$2.00. This means, an advertiser must pay \$2,000 (\$2.00 x 1,000) to reach 1 million viewers. Now YouTube takes 45% of this revenue, so this leaves the YouTuber with \$1,100.

Let’s say that all of this YouTuber’s subscribers watched their video (and no one else did) and that they had 1 ad per video. Now let’s say they uploaded an average of 1 video per week.

This would leave the YouTuber with a salary of \$57,200 per year.

The simple answer is: the average salary of a YouTuber with 1 million subscribers is \$57,200 per year.

### The Average Salary Of A YouTuber – The Reality

The above is an oversimplification. There are a lot of averages being used, a whole lot of assumptions being made, and many factors being ignored. Basically – the above answer is incorrect.

I know you wanted it to be simple. You want to be able to set a goal and work toward that subscriber number, so you too can earn that much. But if this is important to you – I suggest looking on a job board for an actual salaried career, because there will never be a set monetary value associated with this job.

The amount a single YouTuber earns for 1,000 views won’t actually be \$2.00. The average cost per thousand views varies massively. Advertisers’ bids for ad views change constantly (literally every second, the amount they will pay changes). It also varies by country, by topic, by the time of year, by audience age, by audience income, by demand, and even by YouTuber.

So, there is just no way to tell how much a single YouTuber is earning for 1,000 video views. Not even for a single video with a set audience, let alone across a whole year of videos.

#### Now To Mention Some Of The Costs I Didn’t Take Into Account

YouTube indeed takes 45% of the advertisers spend, but there is more to it than that. Many YouTubers, especially larger ones (like those with 1 million+ subscribers), will be a part of an agency. Or they might be signed up to a multi-channel network. This means there are more people taking a cut of their ad spend. But it also means they may be working with higher revenue advertisers.

You can see how this complicates things.

You also have to consider all of the costs involved in a YouTuber’s job. There are taxes, equipment, and sometimes editors to pay. YouTubers with 1 million-plus subscribers need to spend significant amounts of time and money on maintaining the quality of their videos, as well as social media and their website.

#### Let’s Take Another Look At Those Viewer Counts…

Subscribers are not a measure of viewers. And viewers matter, a lot. It is the number of viewers an ad gets that determines how much AdSense money a YouTuber is paid. Frankly, advertisers don’t care if the YouTuber has 1 million subscribers or 2. They just want their ad seen by the right viewers.

So, if a Youtuber with 1 million subscribers only gets 10% of them to view their content, they could earn significantly less than a YouTuber with half a million subscribers who has 50% of their subscribers watching their content.

Not only that but the type of viewing matters too. If that large YouTuber has a large subscriber base of Adblock users or a lot of people who never click on ads, they won’t earn as much.

A YouTuber’s salary is impacted less by their 1 million subscribers, and far more by the size and quality of their viewers.