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Ah, the big question. Just how much money can you make with an OnlyFans account?
You’ve no doubt read stories of people earning huge sums. The most famous was when celebrity Bella Thorne joined in August 2020 and made $1 million in a single day – a record that was passed in April 2021 when rapper Bhad Bhabie earned that amount in just 6 hours.
That’s an incredible amount, but it’s also unrealistic. It’s also even more difficult after Thorne arguably caused a lot of issues which resulted in the platform adding caps to certain fees, preventing content creators from charging too much.
So away from the world of celebrities, what can you expect to earn from your OnlyFans page?
The average earnings on OnlyFans
The average OnlyFans creator earns around $180 a month, according to the best estimates available. OnlyFans doesn’t release its own statistics, so getting the exact information is difficult.
$180 might seem a little low to you. It’s certainly not enough for a career change. But that depends on your outlook.
If you’re happy to put in minimal effort, snap a few photos a week and upload them without trying to then promote your page or effectively plan your approach, then $180 might be a useful boost to your monthly budget as a side-gig.
However, if you’re someone who’s going to take OnlyFans seriously, making the most of your lighting and photography equipment (and upgrading when you can), working hard to promote your page across social media, and putting the work into your profile, bio and everything else you can tweak, then you’re going to see more success than $180 a month.
Remember that’s the average across all content creators. You beat that amount by putting in more effort than the average creator does.
Obviously, the key is going to be how you grow that subscriber base. OnlyFans' own blog suggests that you can expect to convert around 1-1.5% of your social media followers to OnlyFans subscribers. So to get 100 subscribers, you need around 10,000 social media followers. It might sound big, but it's achievable with dedication and good quality content.
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Earnings caps on OnlyFans
There are some earnings caps on your OnlyFans account, but as long as you’re aware of them they shouldn’t cause you too many headaches.
The biggest impact since the caps were introduced is on pay-per-view posts by creators who don’t offer a subscription model. Prior to the caps, those posts could be charged up to a maximum of $200, but that’s now capped off at $50.
For all users, there’s also now a $100 limit on paid-for private messages and a maximum amount of $100 for tips. The $100 tip limit is only for the first four months of your time as a content creator – stay engaged on the site and it’ll increase to the original limit of $200.
When it comes to subscription rates, the minimum you can charge for a paid page is $4.99 per month, and the maximum is $49.99 a month.
Once you know those figures, you can start to work out a financial plan. Think about whether it’s easier to get 10 subscribers at $5 per month, or 1 subscriber at $50 per month. And not just capture them, but retain them too – someone paying $50 is going to want a lot of high quality content to keep that subscription going.
The top earners on OnlyFans
Again, OnlyFans doesn’t release information on the financial side of its model, and so when we’re looking at the top earners, we’re working with estimates.
These aren’t random guesses, but are based on subscription costs, number of followers and estimated number of subscribers from that.
With over 16 million followers and a monthly subscription cost of $19.99, the reality TV star is estimated to have brought in around $20 million per month from OnlyFans. Lowering her subscription fee from when she first joined is believed to be a large part of her success. She has now left the platform but it's estimated she made around $240 million in total!
Bella Thorne might have caused a lot of controversy with her OnlyFans account, and the impact it had on other users, but she’s been very successful – her $9.99 subscription fee is estimated to earn her around $11 million every month on the platform.
Cardi B epitomized the ‘less is more’ approach when it comes to OnlyFans. She no longer is active on the site, however.
The top-earning male on OnlyFans, hip hop artist Tyga uses the platform to share behind the scenes access to his life and his music. He charges $20 a month for the privilege, earning him an estimated $7.7 million every month.
A former adult artist, Mia Khalifa has over 20 million followers on her OnlyFans page and charges $11.90 each month for access to her photos. She likely brings in around $6.5 million on a monthly basis from her content.
Rapper Bhad Bhabie set a new record for OnlyFans earnings when she joined the platform in April 2021, making $1 million in her first six hours alone. She charges $23.99 per month, and while it's too early to tell how much she'll make ongoing, she's made huge waves with her posts so far.
How to make 10k a month on OnlyFans
While many of the top creators will make millions on OnlyFans, a lot of people would be very – very – happy with $10k per month. That’s a seriously good living that you’re making, well into the six-figure salary.
So, what do you need to do to achieve such a goal?
Well firstly, you have to accept that it’s not going to be easy. Not every creator is going to reach this level of income. If you want to, you’re going to have to work extremely hard.
Then, think about the numbers. If you charge $10 per month for access to your content, that’s 1,000 subscribers that you need to keep. So you need to find 1,000 people who are willing to pay for your content.
If we assume a conversion rate of 3% from your social media following, that then means you need a social media fanbase of 33,000 in order to get 1,000 subscribers. That’s a lot of work! But it is definitely possible.
You’ll want to make sure you’re creating high quality content and that you’re very actively promoting it on social channels, without breaking the rules. Use platforms like Reddit where you can post adult content without punishment, and then use Twitter and TikTok to build a larger audience with less risqué material.
Then as you see the social numbers climb, make sure you’re also working hard to maintain subscriber numbers. It’s no good bringing people onboard only to lose them after a month, so you need fresh content regularly, and you need to be great at engaging with your fans.
Finally, consider using special offers once you have a strong fanbase to get those initial subscribers, and then you can focus on keeping them once they’ve come onboard at a reduced monthly rate.
You’ll eventually need to bear attrition in mind – you won’t keep all of your subscribers. So you may need around 1,100 on an ongoing basis to get the income from 1,000 since around 100 may leave each month. Just keep working on finding new subscribers and you’ll be fine.
How to make the most money on OnlyFans
So how do you go from making $180 per month to making millions?
Well, realistically, millions is unlikely unless you’re an existing media personality, celebrity or musician making the crossover to OnlyFans.
But thousands? Enough to make a career? Absolutely, if you put the work in.
Here’s what you need to do:
Make sure you have the best equipment you can afford, and that you’re using it in the right way
Promote your page – look up the best tactics for which social media platforms to use, and stick to it
Make sure your bio is up to date, and that you’ve chosen the best profile and banner photos to attract new subscribers
Engage with your subscribers – chat to them, and make them feel like it’s worth continuing their subscription with you
Post! You need to keep creating fresh content to justify the continued subscriptions from your existing fan base, and to show potential new subscribers that you have something worth their money
OnlyFans isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme but it does offer the potential to earn a lot of cash on your own terms, either as your new career or as a fun side-gig.
Follow these tips, and those of all our guides on Follower and you’ll be well on your way to making the most money possible.
OnlyFans Income FAQs
Can you really make money on OnlyFans?
Yes, it is definitely possible to make money on OnlyFans and most people are able to achieve a regular income of around $180 if they commit to uploading content on a regular basis. Many people earn much, much more if they become successful and have a talent for promoting themselves on social media, but it takes a lot of hard work to reach the higher earning levels.
How much do the top earners make on OnlyFans?
The top earners on OnlyFans tend to make millions of dollars every month, although they often see a surge of interest in the first month or two before income levels drop. Blac Chyna is reported to have made $240 million over the couple of years she spent on the platform. Top earners tend to be celebrities with existing fanbases who want to see exclusive, uncensored content.
Is making money on OnlyFans a lot harder?
It is harder to earn money from OnlyFans in recent years now that the platform is so massive. Increased competition means there is always a handful of other models creating content very similar to you even if you have a very specific niche. However, many people look at alternative platforms to make their money, where they may enjoy less competition. Some platforms also offer higher rates of pay or other tools to help creators make as much money as possible.
How to make money on OnlyFans without showing your face?
It is possible to make money on OnlyFans without showing your face, but you need to be careful in how you manage your content if you want to stay completely anonymous. It is easiest if you are happy to create content around a niche body part – feet content is very successful, although fans often prefer to see creators’ faces still. Use a mask if you want, and make sure to always hide identifiable details in your backgrounds.
What is the average OnlyFans income?
The average income for creators on OnlyFans has typically hovered around the $180-200 mark, but that is skewed by the large number of creators earning less, and the many creators who earn much more. It depends on how quickly you are able to grow your social media presence and how hard you work. Only those who are prepared to put in the hours will be successful and earn the kind of income that you need to purely focus on an OnlyFans creator page as your primary job.
What is the average male OnlyFans income?
Male creators tend to earn less on OnlyFans than their female counterparts, purely because they have a smaller audience using the site. There are many more straight men (and gay women) using OnlyFans to find creators than there are users interested in men, and so it is harder to build a large fanbase.
However some of the top male creators do still earn thousands of dollars every month – these tend to be men who are willing to show fully nude content and that have toned bodies. Unlike with women there is less of an audience for the ‘amateur’ male model with a more average body type.
How much can you make on OnlyFans in a week?
You can’t earn any money on OnlyFans within a single week. All funds paid to OnlyFans for your content go into a holding account where they are processed within 8 days, and then it takes a few days for a withdrawal too. So if you were hoping to make emergency cash using OnlyFans within a few days then you are out of luck, unfortunately.
How much do beginners make on OnlyFans?
Beginners on OnlyFans can make a few bucks a month, up to a few hundred, depending on their starting point with a social media fanbase. If you don’t already have fans to subscribe then you shouldn’t expect to make much at all until you can start finding people willing to pay for your content.