While you’re busy all day, spending hours in front of your computer at work or driving across the state from one sales meeting to another, there are a select group of folks on YouTube whose sheer popularity online earns them big bucks.
Felix Kjellberg, “PewDiePie”
Kjellberg, a 25-year-old from Sweden, is a die-hard gamer whose YouTube vlog consists of wacky commentary on his favorite and least-favorite video games. Since joining the video upload community in 2010, Kjellberg is estimated to now be earning anywhere between $1.1 million and $18.2 million a year. “It’s cool to have this kind of influence, but at the same time it’s kind of scary,” Kejllberg commented in an interview for the Wall Street Journal.
Jenna Mourey, “JennaMarbles”
Jenna Mourey uploads humorous videos picking apart the gamut of pet peeves and phenomena from daily life. Steadily gaining popularity on YouTube since 2010, her estimated earnings range from $71,800 to $1.1 million a year.
Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, “Smosh”
Hecox and Padilla are a YouTube comedy team. They star in their own satirical clips spoofing online and gaming culture with titles like “Emoji Rap” and “Video Games in Real Life.” Online since 2005, they bring in an estimated $250,700 to $4 million annually. Hecox has been quoted as saying, “We followed the Mark Zuckerberg path – minus the Harvard thing.”
Bethany Mota, “Macbarbie07”
Bethany Mota is YouTube’s 19-year-old DIY makeup and fashion guru. She has a huge following of people who wait for her videos, providing advice and reviews on the latest products and trends. Aside from the free stuff she gets from cosmetics companies and outside deals she scored (including being a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”), Mota earns an estimated $56,000 to $899,800 a year from YouTube.
Ryan Higa, “nigahiga”
24-Year-Old Higa creates slapstick skits – usually starring himself, including “Sponge Bob Bare Ass” and “How to Hide Your Farts” – that earn him between $95,300 and $1.5 million a year on YouTube.
*estimated earning ranges compiled based on analysis by Social Blade.