Top 10 Creators on Patreon to Check Out

If you're a creator, it can be challenging to make a living online. Unless you have a huge support base, you are unlikely to make sufficient money from paid advertising or selling merch from your website. However, many successful creators have discovered that Patreon offers a relatively painless way for their fans to support them. 

As we discovered in our Patreon review, the crowdfunding platform allows creators to earn money while calling their own shots. Most Patreon creators set membership tiers, making a different offer for each level.  Not all Patreon creators publish their earnings, but Graphtreon has extracted figures for those who make their returns public and made some estimates for those who keep their data private.  For example, the creator with the second-highest number of patrons (37,778) is Chapo Trap House. They are currently averaging $167,779 per month from their patrons, which averages out at $4.44 per patron.

In this list, we check out the top 10 creators on Patreon. You will notice that podcasts are by far the most successful medium on Patreon, followed by videos.   


Top 10 Creators on Patreon to Check Out:


1. True Crime Obsessed

True Crime Obsessed describes itself as creating podcasts of the non-garbage variety. The TCO Patreon feed has evolved into the place to follow along as they take a deep dive into longer true-crime docu-series, like Serial, The Staircase, Making a Murderer, and The Jinx, that they can't cover in their regular feed. 

There are four subscription tiers:

  • Non-Garbage Person ($5 per month) – three to four full-length bonus episodes per month, instant access to their full archive of Patreon bonus content, pre-sale access to TCO live shows, and videos of live shows
  • TCO After Party ($7 per month) – all the above, plus "After Party" episodes at least twice a month and a set of TCO ringtones emailed to you
  • No [Ads], Bitch! ($10 per month) – all the above, plus ad-free versions of the regular TCO episodes
  • Hero Bell! ($20 per month) – all the above, plus admission to VIP meet-and-greets at TCO live shows and exclusive monthly surprises

2. Chapo Trap House

Chapo Trap House is an American political podcast hosted by Will Menaker, Matt Christman, and Felix Biederman, with Amber A'Lee Frost and Virgil Texas as recurring co-hosts. The Chapo hosts and producers identify with radical left-wing politics and frequently deride pundits of any other type. Contemporary conservatism is the butt of many jokes on Chapo, but the harshest critiques are often saved for the Democratic Party and contemporary liberalism in general.

There are two subscription tiers:

  • Grey Wolf Tax Dodge ($4.70 per month) – access to weekly premium episodes and their entire premium back catalog, but minus the sales tax
  • Grey Wolf ($5 per month) – access to weekly premium episodes and their entire premium back catalog

By becoming a patron, you can currently unlock 295 exclusive posts.


3. DarkCookie – Summertime Saga

DarkCookie is creating Summertime Saga, a dating sim/visual novel game in development. It is adult content, and you must be 18 to access it. The game is currently free, but if you pledge a small monthly fee, you can access the latest playable version of Summertime Saga, watch DarkCookie work via his video stream, read or post Patreon-only feed on content progression, and you get to help him financially.

There are four subscription tiers:

  • Cookie Chip ($1 per month) – early access releases, private download servers, bug Tracker access, development Roadmap access, wiki edit permissions, stream archive access, unique Discord role, and access to crowdsourced translations tool
  • Cookie Muncher ($5 per month) – all the above, plus upcoming content voting (1 vote) and Patreon-only feed access
  • Cookie Monster ($10 per month) – all the above, plus wallpapers download access, upcoming content voting (2 votes), Discord spoiler channel access, and hangout with DarkCookie & developers
  • Cookie Addict ($20 per month) – all the above, plus upcoming content voting (4 votes), name in credits, and unique dialogue input

4. Jeff Wittek

Jeff Wittek creates podcasts, comedy, and videos. He runs a top-rated YouTube channel with 3.05 million subscribers. Wittek is a celebrity hairstylist who hosts Jeff's Barbershop. He recently joined the popular Vlog Squad, and during COVID, the team mainly made stunt videos. Jeff had an accident doing one of the stunts that resulted in him having an eye injury, so most of his recent videos show his recovery from that. The primary use of his Patreon page is to give his supporters early access to his videos.

There are three subscription tiers:

  • Official Patron ($5 per month) – early access to episodes
  • All-access Patron ($10 per month) – all the above, plus bonus episodes
  • VIP Patron – ($20 per month) – all the above, plus livestreams and thirst traps

5. You're Wrong About

You're Wrong About is a history podcast created by Michael Hobbes & Sarah Marshall. Mike and Sarah are journalists obsessed with the past. Every week they reconsider a person or event that's been miscast in the public imagination. 

By becoming a patron, you can unlock 12 exclusive podcasts, listen anywhere, and connect via private message. 

There are four subscription tiers, although Mike and Sarah don't give details about the differences in rewards for each level:

  • Lee Atwater's Ghost ($2 per month)
  • Debunkmates ($5 per month)
  • Tammy Faye's Makeup Stash ($10 per month)
  • A Place on the Mural ($25 per month)

6. The Tim Dillon Show

Another popular podcast is the Tim Dillon Show. Tim Dillon is a comedian and tour guide. He's very excited to give you a tour of the end of the world. Each week from a porch in Los Angeles, he shares apocalyptic visions with his friends and berates a local diner.

There are two subscription tiers:

  • Skulls and Bones ($5 per month) – access to one bonus episode a week and all the past archives of the show
  • The Rothschilds ($20 per month) – as above, plus more sketches and bonus content, and you can submit topics for Tim to rant on, whether a person or issue

7. DankPods

DankPods, aka Wade Nixon, creates videos about iPods and portable music players. He is an Australian YouTuber who does various things to his iPods and MP3 Players, including upgrading, repairing, creating, etc., as well as dabbling in audiophile technology such as headphones. His videos have helped the Apple iPod community grow, and due to his popularity, the prices of iPod Classics and Minis available on eBay have increased dramatically.

There are three subscription tiers:

  • One Dollayroo ($1 per month) - access to extra videos every time he uploads on his main channel and behind the scenes stuff
  • Super Cool Person ($5 per month) – as above, and you become a super cool person for being super cool...
  • Legendary ($10 per month) – as above, plus DankPods adds your name at the end of his vids

8. Flagrant 2

Andrew Schultz and Akaash Singh create Flagrant 2 podcasts, videos, and more. They describe their content as being "raw, unapologetic, unsafe, unfiltered shit talk. A throwback to times when people actually cracked jokes and weren't offended by everything."

There are three subscription tiers:

  • Asshole Infantry ($5 per month) – a second episode per week, as well as access to all their old episodes
  • Asshole Lieutenant ($10 per month) – as above, plus you get to purchase all Flagrant 2 merch at cost
  • Asshole Captain ($25 per month) – as above, plus at the end of each episode, your name will be listed in the credits as "Producer," and you will be able to suggest topics, hot takes, and hypotheticals for episodes.

9. Yagami Yato

Yagami Yato creates vocal artistry, ASMR, and interactive fiction. She has a YouTube channel with 861K subscribers. 

There are five subscription tiers:

  • Deviants ($1 per month) – a Discord role on Yagami's server, where you can meet her as well as fellow patrons and all basic Patreon posts
  • Wandering Souls ($5 per month) – as above, plus all Patreon posts and YouTube audios before they get posted on YouTube without ads
  • Felfri ($10 per month) – as above, plus the ability to vote on special polls several times a month, to decide the next audio, plus 1+ special posts
  • Progenitors of the First Magic ($25 per month) – as above, plus 2+ special posts per month
  • Book of Sin ($100 per month) – as above, plus voting on all content polls and creating an audio live with Yagami, with the ability to suggest, goof around, and generally get to know her

10. Not Another D&D Podcast

Not Another D&D Podcast, aka NADDPOD, considers itself the campaign after the campaign. Three unlikely adventurers attempt to right the wrongs caused by a party of legendary heroes who screwed up the world while trying to save it. DM Brian Murphy is joined by Emily Axford, Jake Hurwitz, and Caldwell Tanner for this D&D play podcast. Patrons of the show get exclusive access to behind-the-scenes podcast Short Rest, fun NADDPOD merch, livestreams, and much more.

There are five subscription tiers:

  • The 2 Crew ($2 per month) – access to bonus content (livestreams, music, etc.) as well as news posts about upcoming merchandise and events
  • One Big Bed ($5 per month) – as above, plus access to two exclusive shows: the Short Rest podcast and Pre-Gaming w/Hardwon livestream
  • Sailors of the Stormborn ($10 per month) – as above, plus access to two further exclusive shows: Terran's Journal and Mixed Bag of Holding
  • Paw Paw's Paralegals ($25 per month) – as above, plus a quarterly delivery of NADDPOD merch as well as discounts on all new items added to the store, and access to polls and voting on upcoming content and merchandise
  • Council of Elders ($50 per month) – as above, plus a shout-out at the end of every episode, VIP access to all live shows you attend, and an exclusive monthly AMA post where two crew answer your questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the number one Patreon?

The number one Patreon account is the True Crime Obsessed podcast. The second most popular Patreon is Chapo Trap House, a political podcast. The third most popular is Dark Cookie - Summertime Saga and the fourth is You’re Wrong About.

What podcast has the most patreon?

There are a number of podcasts that have the most Patreon followers. The number one Patreon podcast account is the True Crime Obsessed podcast. The second most popular Patreon is Chapo Trap House, a political podcast. The third most popular is Dark Cookie - Summertime Saga.

What percentage does Patreon take in 2021?

Patreon takes a percentage of each creators’ earnings in 2021. What percentage does Patreon take? Patreon takes 2.9% plus $0.30 for donations over $3, or 5% plus $0.10 for donations of $3 or less.

How do I find creators on Patreon?

To find creators on Patreon, click the search box located on the top right corner of your account. You will need to click on the magnifying glass icon to expand the search bar. You can then type in the name of the creator you are looking for on Patreon. You can only find creators on Patreon once you know their creator page name or URL.

Who is the highest paid Patreon?

These are some of the highest paid Patreon accounts that earn more than $50,000 a year:
1. True Crime Obsessed
2. Chapo Trap House
3. DarkCookie – Summertime Saga
4. Jeff Wittek
5. You're Wrong About
6. The Tim Dillon Show
7. DankPods
8. Flagrant 2
9. Yagami Yato
10. Not Another D&D Podcast