Have you been in a few Twitch or Youtube streams and seen the streamer talking to their moderators. Maybe they were asking them to change the stream title, make a thumbnail or ban someone in the chat.
If you spend hours on end on Twitch every day you’re probably starting to wonder, “do these twitch moderators get paid?” and maybe starting to think it might be worthwhile becoming one. After all who doesn’t want to get paid for watching their favourite streamer for hours.
Let’s jump in and take a look at whether or not Twitch moderators get paid.
Do Moderators On Twitch Get Paid?
Some moderators get paid on Twitch but most do not. For most small to medium streamers their moderators are people who regularly visited the stream and wanted to help out on the channel. The streamer will generally pick someone who shows up on stream a lot and already engages with the community. When it comes to the largest streamers on the platform some of their moderators do in fact get paid. As their streams are so big they need to make sure their chat is clean and things are running smoothly at all times so they pay to make that happen.
When Does A Streamer Need Mods?
If you’ve started stream you’re possibly wondering when you will need mods. Twitch actually have a Guide to Building A Twitch Moderation Team. In this guide the recommend the following:
- For smaller channels (< 1 text line per second on average), adding moderators as you need them is best practice. Having 2-3 mods active at any time is good.
- Medium sized channels (< 5 lines of text per second) should have an active mod for every ~200 viewers.
- For large channels, it’s a good idea to employ the use of automated moderation and have mods that interact with chat and manage bot filters.
- One active mod per every 600 viewers is average for this type of moderation and channel size.
You can see above the recommend amount of mods active at any time depending on the size of your channel. This means you will likely need more mods than this as they won’t always be on at the same time. Especially if you are not paying mods then you cannot expect them to stick to a dedicated schedule.
If you’re someone looking to mod for a streamer and get paid it will have to be a large streamer. Most small to medium streamers will not have the budget for this.
How Much Do Big Streamers Pay Their Mods?
Does Ninja Pay His Mods?
It’s hard to find any concrete information on this but we did manage to find a couple of interesting posts around the situation. You can see in the post from reddit below a user stated that the modded Ninjas stream before he left for mixer and made $50 each stream.
$50 isn’t bad for watching a stream and monitoring chat. $50 is nothing to a streamer like Ninja and it is important for him to keep his chat clean to ensure he doesn’t receive any bans. Streamers can in fact get banned for stuff that people say in their chat. This is why it’s important to have moderators in your chat helping out.
Does Ludwig Pay His Mods?
Ludwig is probably the most notable streamer to pay a huge sum of money over to his mods when he was completing his insane 31 Day Subathon. During this time Ludwig was pulling in some serious cash. He had his stream on while he was sleeping every night so he needed mods to monitor and keep chat entertained.
According to Dexerto Ludwig was paying his mods $5,000 per day. At the end of the 31 days the total bill ended up being $170,000.
He had a team of 17 moderators during the 31 Day period. If they all got an even cut of the $170,000 they all earned around $10,000 each for the month. Pretty good if you ask me.
Now this is definitely not normal for Twitch moderators and wouldn’t happen every single month for them. This was mainly due to Ludwigs huge subathon.
Normal moderators are more than likely to get something closer to the $50/stream Ninja supposedly pays his mods.
What Does A Twitch Moderator Do?
A twitch moderator is there to keep the stream flowing without interruption by keeping the stream chat free from hate, explicit messages and more. They also do stuff like create clips and provide useful links in chat when needed. They also have the ability to ban people if they are breaking the rules of the stream.
If you become a moderator of a Twitch stream you may be expected to:
- Delete explicit messages
- Talk to other chatters
- Be helpful to other viewers
- Update titles or onscreen content
- Ban viewers breaking rules
- Create clips from the stream
How To Become A Twitch Moderator?
There is no sure fire roadmap to becoming a Twitch Moderator but there is a few things you can do to get a chance at becoming one. If you want to be a mod on a small channel with sub 300 viewers it’s going to be much easier than becoming a mod for Ninja.
Below are a list of things that will give you a higher chance at becoming a moderator:
- Be active regularly in chat (Engage with the community and help others out)
- Ask to be a mod (If you don’t ask you don’t get. I recommend only doing this when you have built some rapport with the streamer
- Act maturely and don’t engage in trolling in the chat
- Answer questions other people might have, dealt with bullies and trolls as well as just generally being nice
If a streamer is looking for mods you’ll be the first person he asks. If they have an application process they are more likely to accept you as they will recognise you from chat.
How To Get Paid As A Twitch Moderator?
If you manage to become a moderator for a big Twitch streamer you may get lucky right out of the gate and get paid. If you don’t there is a few other ways you may be able to get paid.
Once you become a mod and gain trust with a streamer you may be able to earn money doing other jobs for them.
Here’s a list of tasks you could offer to do for Twitch streamers and make money:
- Create their Youtube Thumbnails
- Run their Youtube Clips Channel (Take a % Of Revenue From Adsense)
- Editing Youtube Videos
- Run their other social media platforms
Depending on the streamer there may be other tasks that they are interested in having you complete. Get creative and offer up your services. The best way to make money is to offer up as much value as you possibly can.
A good example of someone who has got a full time job with a streamer is Orionv7. He is Syndicates editor and works alongside Syndicate on a lot of his streams. If you can provide value and offer quality services to a streamer you may be able to get a similar gig which could turn into a full time job.
Now you know that only some Twitch moderators actually get paid. If you want to become a Twitch moderator you should do it because you enjoy it not because you want money. If you do a great job and the streamer has other positions open up your more likely to get that job and start making some money down the line.
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