I've been searching for hours and not once I found a bold and clear answer or at least a close estimate of how much famous youtubers make. All I found was articles made by non-youtubers who throw a really rough estimate with no backed up facts. Even youtubers themselves claim to not make a dime because all the revenue earned goes to production costs. REALLY!!. I mean come on, put some prep in that step. What is the big secret about this. If google wants more people to generate money for them they should encourage people to make channels and grow them.
So I decided to do the math my self. I had enabled monetization on one of my old videos that gets nearly 600 views a day. The video started to generate $2.5 - $3.50 each day . Now lets say the minimum is $2.5. So one of the big youtube channels(without naming) that gets about 4 million views each week/16 million each month makes a minimum of: (2.5 x 16,000,000)/600 = ~ $67,000 monthly.
Now I know this seems very unrealistic and to good to be true. Plus it is the gross revenue without extracting production costs. Which is why I am still looking for a reasonable answer. I remember one time seeing an interview on the news with a famous youtube prankster and he confirmed that he never needed a job after starting his youtube channel and that he makes a good living out of it.
If you're asking why I am looking for this information it's because I have an awesome idea for a youtube channel and I will be creating a journey thread about it. Until now I can't find a handful of information on here about creating an authority channel.
Thanks for reading guys please post your opinions and sorry if I wasted your time.