These are the creators putting in over 1,000 hours a year!
Since YouTube hit our computer screens way back in 2005, it has been a hub for the creative, the weird and the wonderful. From polished beauty tutorials to grainy home videos of sassy two-year-olds, YouTube is a platform where you really can find it all. Creating content for YouTube can be hard work, from recording hours of footage for a 10-minute upload, to searching for that perfect accompanying stock music for YouTube videos, the work of a content creator involves more than just chatting to a webcam.
We’ve looked at some of the world’s favourite YouTubers as well as those that have been on the YouTube scene for the longest to find out who the hardest working YouTuber is and how much they could be earning from their hours of uploads.
The top three hardest working YouTubers
We took a look at the whole catalog of uploads from these creators and found out how many hours of content is actually on their channels and how often they upload to discover who works the hardest. *Data correct as of August 2021
1. Mr Beast
15,439 hours of content
Our hardest-working content creator, Jimmy Donaldson, better known by his ever-so-subtle nickname, Mr Beast, has been creating YouTube videos since 2012. His channel is well known for entertaining and somewhat bizarre stunts and generous donations. With 15,439 hours of content, Donaldson is our hardest worker.
Based on the views of the recent videos on Mr Beast’s channel, if he wanted to use our licensed music, he would be looking at a cost of around $330 / €280 / £250 for a non-branded video. With estimated average earnings per video of $39,032, the cost of licensed music is incredibly affordable, at 0.85% of the profits for a non-branded video.
15,180 hours of content
Justine is one of the OG’s of YouTube, with her uploads reaching as far back as 2006. With 15,180 hours of content, she has well and truly cemented herself, not just as an original YouTube celebrity, but also as one of the hardest working creators on the platform.
Based on the views of the recent videos on iJustine’s channel, if she wanted to use our licensed music, she would be looking at a cost of around $50 / €45 / £40 for a non-branded video. With estimated average earnings per video of $1,494, the cost of licensed music is incredibly affordable, at 3.35% of the profits for a non-branded video.
3. Thatcher Joe
13,979 hours of content
The Strictly Come Dancing star has been putting out content since 2012, with an average upload schedule of one video every two days. With 13,979 hours of content, Joe sits firmly in our top three hardest-working creators.
Based on the views of the recent videos on Joe’s channel, if he wanted to use our licensed music, he would be looking at a cost of around $230 / €195 / £175 for a non-branded video. With estimated average earnings per video of $10,503, the cost of licensed music is incredibly affordable, at 2.19% of the profits for a non-branded video.
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The YouTubers with the highest hourly earnings
Looking at the potential earnings of these YouTubers, we can see that they could be earning thousands per hour, but which creators could be the highest earners?
The YouTubers with the most content uploads per subscriber
When we look at the number of videos uploaded per 10,000 subscribers, we can see that some content creators don’t need huge subscriber numbers to choose to put out plenty of content.
Do you know how many subscribers and views you would need to quit your day job? Find out with our social salary calculator.
The YouTubers with the most content per subscriber
When it comes to length of content, breaking it down by number of hours of content per 10,000 followers, we see a few of the big names again.
The YouTubers with more uploads than days on the platform
There are an elite few creators who have more uploads on their channels than the number of days they have been active on the platform. With multiple uploads a day, these creators surely deserve a special mention!
What does it take to become a YouTube superstar?
These YouTubers are anything but average, but even so, we want to see what the average YouTube superstar would be like.
Taking an average of the 50 hardest-working YouTubers these are the stats of an average YouTube superstar:
YouTube is home to lots of different types of industries, from the colourful world of beauty to the wacky world of comedy, but which of these categories has the hardest workers? We took an average of the hours of content from each industry to find out.
1. Tech – 15,180 hours of content
With iJustine being the only tech YouTuber on our list, her total hours stands alone, giving tech the crown of hardest working industry.
2. Entertainment – 5,602 average hours of content
Our entertainment YouTubers include the overall winner, Mr Beast, YouTube old-timer, Joey Graceffa, and the somewhat nerdy duo, SuperCarlinBrothers
3. Lifestyle – 1,742 average hours of content
Some of the most famous names on YouTube fall into the lifestyle category, including Joe Sugg, Alfie Deyes and Zoella.
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We looked at a variety of YouTubers, using lists of the most subscribed accounts, longest running, and popular British accounts from sources such as Social Blade, Influencer Matchmaker and Business Insider. Using this list, we then collated data on a variety of factors:
Total time of all content was taken from YouTube Compare.
Estimated earnings were taken from Influencer Marketing Hub.
All other data is taken directly from YouTube.
Where creators had multiple channels, the number of videos and hours of content were combined. Number of subscribers and estimated earnings were taken from the largest number of all channels.
All data is correct as of August 2021