# How Much do YouTubers Actually Earn?

I see a lot of wild speculation about how much money the big YouTubers earn, how rich they are (and apparently greedy).

Well I’ve done some research and here is what I’ve come up with. So let’s take the current top YouTubers, Smosh, as an example.

It has been estimated that they earned around \$1 million in 2012. They are part of a network called Alloy. Most networks take a 40% cut. YouTubers like Smosh also pay a production crew of around 10 people, and of course they also pay taxes.

Let’s do some math:

`\$1,000,000 in gross revenue x 0.60(after their network's cut) = \$600,000.`
```Let's say their crew only works part time and earns about \$15,000 per
person (give or take) x 10 = \$150,000```
`So then, \$600,000 - \$150,000 = \$450,000.`
```\$450,000 * 0.60 (after state, federal and self-employment taxes)
= \$270,000```
`\$270,000  ÷ 2 (Ian and Anthony are 2 separate people) = \$135,000 each.`

So at the end of the day, while their YouTube channel may actually bring in \$1 million, the individual members of Smosh only keep \$135,000. That’s still quite a decent income, but hardly makes the rich and/or “greedy” in my opinion.