There are numerous paths to take if you are looking to make money online, but perhaps the first thing that comes to mind for most people is to start a YouTube channel. Becoming a YouTuber is a path that seems easy at first glance, but frankly, only a small percentage of those who take this path actually make it.
Building a successful YouTube channel is a challenging task, and you will usually need to commit to consistently uploading videos over a long period of time. However, if your channel takes off, you will be rewarded with an additional revenue stream. In this article, we will discuss how much YouTube pays for views.
How much does YouTube pay per view?
To make money on YouTube, you must first be eligible for monetization; this requires at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of viewing. Next, you have to realize that there is no fixed salary for YouTubers.
Each YouTube channel makes a different amount of money, depending on how big it is and how many viewers they have. Let’s look at what factors influence how much YouTube pays YouTubers before looking at how much the platform pays per view.
The factors that influence YouTube Pay
For starters, not every view your video gets counts as monetized; a viewer must watch the ad for at least 30 seconds to count as a view. This is an important factor because it means that you don’t get paid for every view your video gets.
Viewers must stay and watch the ad for at least 30 seconds (or the entire ad if it’s less than 30 seconds) for your channel to get paid. There isn’t much you can do in this regard except hope that YouTube shows entertaining ads to your audience so that they watch a good portion of them.
The second factor is that YouTube has different CPMs for different audiences. CPM stands for cost per thousand and represents the amount an advertiser pays for every 1,000 views on an ad. This CPM difference is based on region and ad views from different countries pay different amounts. For example, Norway and Germany are two high CPM countries.
Lastly, the more views you get, the more likely it is that more people have seen the ads on your videos, and therefore the more money you will earn from YouTube.
With these factors in mind, let’s calculate how much YouTube pays per view on average.
How much YouTube pays per view: the simple math
YouTube charges contractors $0.18 per view on average. YouTube pays 68% of this fee to YouTubers through Google AdSense. This is a very good rate, as it means that, in theory, you would get $0.12 for every view, and $122 for every 1,000 views.
On a more granular level, numbers aren’t always that simple. Some people use ad blockers, and a good portion of those who see the ads skip within the first few seconds. Due to these reasons among others, the actual pay per YouTube video view is around $0.003 to $0.005. This means that a YouTuber earns $3 to $5 for every 1,000 views her videos get.
you can use the AdSense Earning Calculator to get a rough estimate of how much you can earn each year from YouTube. Google’s calculator estimate can be quite tempting, so be sure to consider the pros and cons of becoming a YouTuber before deciding to become a full-time YouTuber for sure. It can be a difficult road and failing is not entirely impossible.
More views, more money (most of the time)
YouTube pays a set amount of money per view, but despite this, YouTubers don’t earn the same amount. This is because the total amount a YouTuber gets paid through YouTube depends on how many views they get and where their viewers are from.
The exact amount of pay-per-view cannot be calculated as the viewers are from different countries and regions. However, an average estimate is that YouTube pays between $0.003 and $0.005 per view.