Sex work has been around since time immemorial, and human ingenuity has always put it at the forefront of innovations. Back in the stone age—before broadband internet even existed— there were phone sex lines where men and women could have a good time with models… for a price, of course.
These days, we’ve reached a point where it has never been easier to strut your stuff (and make a living doing it). All a girl would need is a smartphone or laptop, a reliable internet connection, and some old-fashioned hard work to become a cam girl.
But how much exactly does a cam girl make performing online?
This article helps enterprising women get an idea of how much money can be made in the cam girl industry.
What’s A Cam Girl?
Simply put, a cam girl is a female person who works as an adult model on the internet. They’re not necessarily porn stars since they’re not performing in XXX feature films or scenes. Instead, they put on adult shows—both live and pre-recorded— from the comfort of their own homes.
What Does a Cam Girl Do?
Cam girls, simply put, show pornographic content in front of other online viewers. Depending on the type of show they’re putting on, they range from flashing boobs; fingering, spanking, and playing with sex toys.
Cam girls don’t exclusively perform solo, too. There are instances when specific adult cam models perform with a partner or a group. The point is, it all depends on what kind of show you’re doing.
How Does a Cam Girl Make Money Through Live Shows?
There are various ways to earn money as a cam girl. These depend on many factors, such as the site you’re performing on; the kind of live adult shows you’re offering, and the type of content you provide in general; whether you’re already an established name; and if you’re working independently or not, to name a few.
Typically, cam girl sites like Chaturbate or LiveJasmin allow you to charge by the minute for your live adult shows. Rates vary depending on the site and the cam models themselves.
Cam girls could also make money from tips, which add to your per-minute rates, while others charge a set amount for a whole show. It depends on how you want to run your cam girl business and the cam site’s rules.
And to give you an idea of how patrons pay for your cam shows, sites usually have each of their modes of online currency used to pay for your services. They’re sometimes called credits or tokens.
These are mainly purchased through secure online transactions, whether via PayPal, credit card, or even gift cards.
Lastly, most adult cam sites take a cut of your earnings. These range anywhere between 15-40% of your take, depending on which site you’re working with.
Types of Sites for Cam Girls
Mainly, there are three kinds of adult cam sites: token sites, per-minute sites, and a combination of both.
Per-minute sites, on the other hand, allow you to charge your viewers by the minute. Simply put, the longer they stay in your chat room, the more money you make.
Token sites let you earn money as a cam girl by charging your viewers tips, which come from any given cam site’s online currency. Usually, cam girls performing on this site have specific benchmarks to reach for them to perform a particular act.
To illustrate, let’s say you need to reach a total of 5,000 tokens or credits for you to take your top off. Your viewers will then have to chip in to accumulate that amount. If, say, one token is $0.50 each, you’re looking at $500 in gross earnings.
On the other hand, you could also charge your clients piecemeal. That is, you don’t have to reach a benchmark; you pin a price list for any given activity in your room and perform them whenever someone pays you for it.
Some sites combine both these elements where clients both pay by the minute AND pay you tokens to perform specific acts.
How Much Money Does a Cam Girl Make on Per-Minute Sites?
When it comes to the amount of money a cam girl could earn, it’s best to look at it using the most common charging method for live adult cam shows: per-minute charges.
These per-minute charges could also divide into a couple more subcategories: group shows and solo cam rooms.
For example, you could charge $2/minute for group live cam chats and around $5/minute for private cam shows.
Group Chats vs. Solo Rooms—Where Could Cam Girls Earn More on Per-Minute Sites?
Solo cam shows tend to be pricier by the minute, as it’s a way to make up for the profits you’ll make otherwise doing live cam shows for public or group rooms. You could think of it this way: even if you’re earning $2/minute in group chats, you could charge each end every one present in the room that amount. So, if you had even just five people watching your cam show, that amounts to $10/minute.
However, solo shows—aside from the premium per minute rates— also usually have charges for entering the rooms themselves, a sort of price for admission to your solo live adult cam show.
So, as a rule of thumb, I’d say that you’d end up earning more money doing group shows if you’re starting. Once you’ve gained some experience and a loyal fanbase, each willing to spend time with you in a solo chat room, then private cam shows become a more lucrative option.
And that still doesn’t include either tips or rates for specific performances you could charge your viewers for, regardless if you’re in a group room or a private cam session.
How Much Can Cam Girls Earn on Token Sites?
Aside from what you could charge by the minute, some sites allow you to accept credits, tips, or tokens from your viewers, as well as charging them for specific acts you could do in front of your webcam.
Tips, of course, vary wildly depending on the viewer. There are generous tippers and others who are less so. Regardless, though, boosting your earnings as a cam girl with tips is always a great way to make money. Not to mention, it also shows that your clients are satisfied with your live shows, which could lead to a popularity boost that will eventually allow you to raise your rates in the future.
On the other hand, I highly recommend that you create a price list for your live shows’ performances if you’re going to be a cam girl on a token site.
Cam girls usually have these rates pinned on their chat rooms. As an example, you could use a list like this:
– Butt spank– $2
– Flash— $1
– Go topless– $20
– Play with vibrator— $7/minute
– Finger vagina— $5/minute
Notice that the last two items are also charged per minute, so your live cam show viewers will have to pay more if they want you to do those specific acts longer. Additionally, I used dollars as a currency here, but you could translate that to whatever online currency the token site uses.
On the other hand, you could also go the benchmark route as a cam girl on a token site. Here, you set specific tiers for your viewers. To do this, you simply have to set a specific time window for your live shows.
For example, let’s say you’re going to do a live adult cam show for 1 hour. Within this hour, you could have these benchmarks:
– Go topless—500 accumulated tokens
– Nipple play—600 accumulate tokens
– Fingering—1000 accumulated tokens
– Play with dildo— 3000 accumulated tokens
You just have to perform these once your viewers reach the milestones within the 1 hour of showtime you set for yourself.
How Much Money Can a Cam Girl Make Per Week?
One of the best perks of being a cam girl is that you get to keep your hours. That means you could work at your own pace and arrange your work schedule depending on your needs.
And given how flexible your work hours are as a cam girl, the amount of money you could make per week depends on the hours you put in.
To give you an idea, though, cam girls make anywhere between $1,000 to $2500 per week, depending on how many work hours you perform.
Of course, factors like the cut your cam site takes; the number of tips you receive (if any); and your base rates also affect your total earnings.
Cam modeling is a viable profession, especially in today’s highly connected world where people could access content using the internet.
It’s a job that provides you with flexible work hours and the ability to determine your rates, making it an attractive business to go into.
However, keep in mind that there are thousands of other cam girls out there, too, which makes this industry one of the most competitive workplaces.
Getting ahead of the curve requires you to be as creative and, frankly, financially reasonable with your rates to gain brand loyalty and a steady stream of income.
Regardless, being a cam girl is a legitimate profession that will allow you to make money from the comfort of your own home.