It is beyond doubt that YouTube does pay some good money, however it takes a lot of dedication and constructive work to get to that point. With so many comedians, prank stars, and make upartists making  YouTube channels everyday, The stars behind the 10 channels on this list via Forbes list earned a total of $70.5 million in the 12 months ending in June, a 23% increase from a year ago. The list is very diverse to mention: a rapper, a prankster, a nerdy bake, a couple pseudonymous gamers and new to the list, LGBT activist Tyler Oakley. 

Take a look at the list below: 

Colleen Ballinger $5 million 

As her comically inept alter ego, Miranda Sings, Ballinger had a big 2015 with a hit memoir, Selp-Helf, a nationwide standup tour and a Netflix series deal

Colleen Ballinger

Rhett and Link $5 million 

The pair hosts a dorky morning talk show, Good Mythical Morning, which has scored Today-caliber guests like Daniel Radcliffe and Amy Schumer.

Rhett and Link

German Garmendia $5.5 million 

As Latin America’s biggest YouTube hit, the Chilean comedian and musician, the youngest person on our list has 48 million subscribers across three channels.

German Garmendia

Markiplier $5.5 million

In little more than a year, gamer Markiplier (real name: Mark Fischbach) has attracted 15.7 million subscribers. “YouTube has given me the freedom to be who I want to be and make what I want to make.”


Tyler Oakley $6 million 

After the LGBT activist released his 2015 bestseller, Binge , he signed with Ellen DeGeneres’ production company. He says his diary-like videos are part of YouTube’s “microphone for marginalized voices.”

Tyler Oakley

Rosanna Pansino $6 million 
“I think we are in one of the most exciting times ever for on-demand entertainment,” she says. Pansino entertains with Nerdy Nummies, a geek’s baking show that has featured molecular macarons and a Death Star cake.

Rosanna Pansino

Smosh $7 million 

Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox were YouTube pioneers, starting their Smosh comedy channel in 2005. They now run seven channels, with sponsors like Schick razors, including Smosh Games and Shut Up! Cartoons.


Lilly Singh $7.5 million 

The Canadian-born rapper-comedian-dancer often riffs on her Punjabi heritage and took her schtick worldwide last year with her Trip to Unicorn Island tour.

Lilly Singh

Roman Atwood $8 million 
Atwood’s humorous stunts are attracting vastly more viewers–boosting his earnings by almost 70%–and landing him sponsors such as Scott toilet paper.

Roman Atwood

PewDiePie $15 million 

He has 50 million subscribers glued to his videos, in which the Swede (real name: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) plays games while offering his own color commentary–virtually none of which is printable here. He did, though, print This Book Loves You, which sold over 112,000 copies.