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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 our MemberPlus offerings, including:

  • All Insight Courses
  • Premium Tracks
  • Premium Timer
  • Challenges Anytime
  • Offline Listening
  • Advanced Player
  • Custom Folders
  • Custom Milestones
  • Advanced Journal

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 do not reward behaviors that artificially increase the number of comments, plays, and reviews. Content and accounts participating in this activity may be removed from Insight Timer.

2. Donations

On Insight Timer, teachers can receive donations from listeners who want to support their work.


Your audience will have the flexibility to choose from three different amounts (USD: $2.99, $7.99, $30.99) or contribute a custom "other" donation amount, with a maximum limit of $1,000.

You will receive 100% of donations from your audience.


Exception: Apple takes a 30% fee on donations made via an iOS device. This does not apply to donations made via Android devices. You can check more details here.

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


Insight Timer processes all payments through PayPal to minimize transfer fees for teachers. Please note that the recipient of the funds will be responsible for PayPal fees. These fees are subject to change, as determined by PayPal, and can vary depending on the amount being transferred and the teacher's country of origin. The most recent update to PayPal fees occurred on the 21st of August, 2020. The current fee structure is as follows:

  • USA - 2% of the transaction amount up to $1
  • Other Regions - 2% of transaction amount up to a maximum of $20

Our payment cycle for teachers is on a monthly basis. Payments are issued on the 21st of each month, adhering to the PST time zone, provided that their revenue total has reached our payment threshold of US$10. If the 21st falls on a non-working day, the payment will be processed on the next working day.

If your total revenue falls below US$10, you won't receive an income statement. Instead, you will receive an email informing you of your earnings for that month and the fact that it didn't reach $10. Payment will only be issued in accordance with our payment cycle when your total revenue reaches or exceeds US$10.

If you haven't provided us with your PayPal information yet, you'll need to complete your payment details in the Teacher Dashboard under the "Payment 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 a region where PayPal is not allowed or is restricted, please check this article.

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

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