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How can Teachers earn revenue from their work?

It has been our intention from the start to help teachers earn meaningful revenue from their work.

This is possible through the following ways:

  1. Subscription Revenue

  2. Donations

1. Subscription Revenue

For USD $59.99 per year or USD $9.99 per month, a user gets access to all Insight Courses and a selection of premium features including Offline Mode and Dark Mode.

Teachers receive 50% of all subscription income that Insight Timer receives after app store commissions. Teacher revenue is allocated per the following:

  • 70% Premium Content (Courses and Premium Tracks)

  • 30% Free Tracks

We calculate who earns what based on two metrics only;

  • Total play count (75%)

  • Teacher engagement (25%)

This means the more plays your content gets and the more you engage with students by responding to reviews and answering questions, the more you will earn.

We love for teachers to interact with meditators in a way that is authentic, insightful, and adds value to their experience. However, while Insight Timer celebrates and rewards genuine and thoughtful engagement, we don't reward behavior that artificially increases the number of comments, plays, and reviews. Content and accounts participating in this activity may be removed from Insight Timer.

2. Donations

It's possible for teachers on the app to receive donations from their listeners.

On the 27th of March 2023, we rolled out an alternative donations payment provider called Stripe. This means that donations won't be subject to the 30% app store fee. Insight Timer will also be waiving our 20% fee for donations. You will therefore receive 100% of all donations from your audience.

Your audience will have the flexibility to choose from 3 different amounts (USD: 2.99, 7.99, 30.99) or contribute a custom, "other", donation amount up to a maximum of $999.

You will get paid the donations revenue every month and it will be reflected in your monthly statement.


Insight Timer processes all payments via PayPal in an effort to keep transfer fees as low as possible for teachers. The receiver of the funds will pay PayPal Fees. The fees are subject to change as per PayPal. The PayPal Fees vary according to the amount transferred and the teacher's country of origin. PayPal fees were last revised on the 21st of August, 2020. Fees are as follows:

  • USA - 2% of the transaction amount up to US$ 1 USD

  • Rest of World - 2% of transaction amount up to a maximum of $20

Our payment cycle for Teachers is monthly. We issue payments on the 21st of the month (PST time zone) when their revenue total reaches our payment threshold of US$10. If this day falls on a non-working day, the payment will be received on the next working day.

Consequently, if your revenue total is below US$10, you will receive an income statement but the payment will not yet be transferred to your PayPal account. Only when your total revenue reaches or exceeds US$10 will we issue payment in accordance with our pay cycle.

If you're yet to provide us with your PayPal information, you'll need to fill in your payment details in the Teacher Dashboard under the Payments Details tab. 

Please also note that a track play count is only qualified for compensation when users listen to 50% of its total length and/or at least two (2) minutes of it. Moreover, any unclaimed earnings after 12 months will be donated to charity.

If you reside in countries where PayPal is not allowed (such as Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe, etc.) please go here.

Unfortunately due to US sanctions, we are unable to pay teachers from some countries. Any earnings will be donated to charity. 

Please contact publishers@insight.co if you have any questions.

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