How Much Money Do Webcam Models REALLY Make?
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Recently I’ve taken an interest in cam modeling. It’s a fascinating concept; getting paid to strip or perform various adult things for money via web cam. It’s something I would never consider doing myself. For one I’m way too shy. And secondly I don’t have anything guys would pay to look at (and I’m not being modest). You hear about strippers, the ones dancing in gentleman’s clubs, making good money, but you don’t hear much about the world of virtual strippers. That’s what inspired me to discover just how much money a webcam model can make.
One other thing I learned is that in addition to live webcam modeling how some models make money by selling nude video clips. It’s a good way to make passive income either with our without cam modeling.
The Hype of Webcam Modeling
Not to say webcam modeling is a get-rich-quick scheme, but I think cam modeling website owners and operators like to sell models on that idea. On the surface becoming a cam “girl” or cam “boy” isn’t difficult. Aside from being over 18 years old, having a computer with an internet connection, and the courage to reveal some skin that’s really all you need to get started. And just how much can you earn by doing this? I decided to look at 3 popular web modeling websites to see what they say in terms of money you can earn.
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imLive, unfortunately, doesn’t give you any numbers in terms of money you could be earning. Instead they tell you you can “Earn Big Money Online,” you get paid every 2 weeks, and if you are top host that you’ll be showered with Versace dinner sets (didn’t know Versace made dinner sets). Other than that there is no information how you get paid and how much you’ll be paid for your time. But maybe you’d rather be paid in Versace dinner sets (a $159.95 value according to Amazon)
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Cams.com does a better job than imLive at revealing some numbers to give you an idea of potential income, but again there is no specific information. What you know is that you could earn up to $120 an hour and if you are a top model you could make “over $20,000 a month!” It would be nice if they mentioned how much an average model makes. I have a feeling there are a lot less top models than average models. But I could be crazy.
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Of all the cam websites MyFreeCams.com gives the most information regarding potential income. Interestingly they also have a wiki page dedicated to answering a lot of question you might have about webcam modeling. Of the 3 sites I looked at they had the most information publicly available. But again if you are just a “plain Jane” it’s hard to get an idea how much money you can make. Though be comforted for if you have what it takes to to be a top model you’ll be making $40,000 a month in no time or $280,000 a year. That’s more than most doctors and all minor league baseball players make!
The Reality of Webcam Modeling
Many of these websites tell you how much their top models make ($20,000 to $40,000 a month), but surprise surprise they do leave out a few key points:
- What percentage of models are making that kind of money? If there are 1000 models and only 1 model makes that amount then chances are you won’t be making that kind of money (sorry if I burst your bubble…just keeping it real)
- How many hours are they working to make that kind of money? Are they working 4 hours a week or 100 hours a week?
- What kind of stuff are they doing in their shows to earn their money? Are they just IM chatting with different people or are they sticking various fun objects in different orifices?
- Is their monthly income sustained throughout the year? Meaning are they making consistently $20,000 a month or was it a fluke where the rest of the months they only made $3000 a month?
Those questions are just the one’s I had for the top models for those websites. Chances are 80% of the people joining these webcam modeling sites won’t be top models. This of course raises the question that inspired this post, how much could a real person make by web camming?
Webcam Modeling Income Shared by Actual Webcam Models
I decided to take my research direct to actual webcam models and ask them directly how much money they made. I wasn’t sure how I was going to contact these models as I didn’t want to pay money to join cam websites just to chat with models. Luckily the friendly community over at Stripper Web (a forum for exotic dancers and other adult industry workers) had members willing to share their webcam modeling income.
You can read the thread for yourself on Stripper Web, but I’ll pull out the good parts. I asked two questions:
- How much do you make in a month using cam modeling sites?
- How how much time do you spend on these sites in a month?
Here are the answers I received along with my income analysis:
Between $5000 and $8000 working between 30-40 hours per week and working a range of sites.
Assuming income of $6500 a month for 35 hours of work a week this models income is $46 an hour.
Just recently I made a lil over a $1000 for ten hours. which was five days for me at 2 hrs a pop. So I know that if i put my heart into it and actually worked my ass off….I could make the thousands a month.
That comes out to $100 an hour.
$31 an hour is possible sometimes I can pull in $80 an hour.
For her it’s $80 an hour.
I don’t web cam myself but know girls that do. One I know made $800 in four hours the other day and that is on a new site that doesn’t have a lot of people on it yet.
That comes out to $200 an hour.
Sometimes you might make $10 in an hour, and other times you will make $50 to $100 an hour. I have had good days and bad days. I have been doing this over 2 years now, and I am still learning! The more I learn the more I make…Let’s just say on my worst day I couldn’t even make 20 bucks!!!
Her answer speaks volume to what you probably can expect if you get into camming…ups and downs.
Logged on, made $10 in the first hour and a half…Took about an hour break…logged back on, made $50 in an hour.
For two and half hours of work that’s an average of $24 an hour.
I have been camming over a year now….Horrible nights I’ve made $10 (LOL). Great nights I’ve made $500+. Average pay every 2 weeks around $1500. (working prob one week out of the two)
Assuming she’s putting in 30 hours a week and working only 2 weeks in a month she’s making $50 an hour.
I make $4000-$6000 a month… Don’t really have “bad days” when I dont make a lot of money because I work diff sites so if its slow one place I’m making $$$ somewhere else. Once you get a solid fanbase it’s much easier, though.
I’ll assume she’s working 30 hours a week making on average $5000 a month. Her earning rate is $42 an hour.
Average Webcam Model Hourly Rate
Taking these income numbers I can calculate the average hourly rate of a “normal” webcam model. Top models, assuming they make $30,000 at 120 hours of work a month, make an average of $250 an hour. Normal everyday webcam models can expect to earn $77 an hour. Of course even with my number you have to remember this is only based on the responses from 7 models. Even so it’s a big difference from the $250 an hour that some of these websites say you can make.
From the responses I got from actual webcam models it is possible to make good money doing webcam modeling. Chances are you won’t be making the money that is promised to top models from these websites, but at a potential rate of $77 an hour it’s still good money. It should be noted that none of these women said that it was easy money. Like any job, profession, or endeavor it takes hard work to be successful. There’s no guarantee everyone can make this kind of money. However, at least you have a better idea of what to expect in terms of money you can make doing webcam modeling.
At the end of the day if you are serious about making money then there’s only one way to find out…and that’s by trying it. If you do try it out let us know how it worked out for you.
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Interviews with Real Cam Models
UPDATE: We have a new series of articles where we interview cam models and ELM sellers so you can learn from actual models. Check out the our new Cam Model Resources articles.
Below are some interviews we’ve done to learn more about the world of web camming and how some models got started how much they made, and tips for being successful as a model. Be sure to check it out:
- Interview with Amber Dawn – Spanking fetish cam model
- Interview with Alex Mantra – a MyFreeCams cam model
- Interivew with Aria DeLaunanay – OnHerCam, Streamate, MyFreeCams model