Countries ranked by YouTube CPM / RPM for content creators

Which are the top countries with the highest YouTube CPM for content creators? Read on to find out!

In the last installment, we analyzed best ad formats with the highest CPM for YouTubers. One important takeaway is that the CPM varies across the countries.

CPM for any media including YouTube varies by country, which depends on the currency and price local advertisers are paying.

Basically, the more the local advertisers are paying, the more the publishers (in this case YouTube creators) can earn from the ad revenue shared by the media owner.

So, which country has the highest CPM or ad revenue per thousand impressions (RPM) for YouTube content creators? The answer will be revealed soon here!

Here's how we retrieved the data, we check our own YouTube channel and compile a list of 94 countries which contributed the views in the past one year, from 12 July 2018 to 11 July 2019.

We have also cross-checked with the previous term and the CPM rates don't really fluctuate that much. Do take note though that the playback-based CPM you are actually earning might be different from this CPM reference.

Top 20 countries with the highest YouTube CPM


Top 20 countries with the highest YouTube CPM

Surprisingly, Maldives ranks #1 with the highest YouTube CPM in the world at USD15.47, which is almost 3 times of the United States, and almost 12 times of Malaysia!

Is advertising cost at the Maldives really that high? Can someone enlighten this?

Look, who ranks second? I bet many don't even heard of Guadeloupe, a French overseas region, is an island group in the southern Caribbean Sea.

Here's the full list of 94 countries, ranked by CPM from high to low:



If you are a YouTube creator focusing on English content, you might want to know which are the top English-speaking countries with the highest CPM:

  1. Australia: CPM @ USD6.15
  2. New Zealand: CPM @ USD5.63
  3. United States: CPM @ USD5.33
  4. Canada: CPM @ USD4.64
  5. United Kingdom: CPM @ USD4.59

Let's filter the list to top 5 Asian countries with the highest CPM:

  1. Pakistan: CPM @ USD7.54
  2. United Arab Emirates: CPM @ USD4.72
  3. Japan: CPM @ USD4.60
  4. South Korea: CPM @ USD3.21
  5. Saudi Arabia: CPM @ USD3.09

How about drilling in further to just Southeast Asian countries?

  1. Myanmar: CPM @ USD2.90
  2. Brunei: CPM @ USD2.59
  3. Cambodia: CPM @ USD2.40
  4. Singapore: CPM @ USD2.08
  5. Thailand: CPM @ USD1.94
  6. Vietnam: CPM @ USD1.57
  7. Philippines: CPM @ USD1.49
  8. Indonesia: CPM @ USD1.33
  9. Malaysia: CPM @ USD1.31

YouTube CPM: Malaysia ranks 68th in the world, last in SEA


Yes, you heard it right. Average YouTube CPM in Malaysia is only USD1.31, and we ranked the last among the Southeast Asia countries! Note: Laos and Timor-Leste data are not included here.

That's sad for YouTubers in Malaysia, especially if your audience is predominantly Malaysians. On the other side, this also means that digital advertising cost is relatively cheaper in Malaysia.

However, there is an option for YouTubers to produce content which to appeal to the global audience, or at least to certain countries (with higher CPM).

This is an opportunity for Malaysians, who are generally savvy with multiple languages including English. For example, if most of your audience is watching in the United States, your ad revenue per thousand impressions is around 4 times (@ USD5.33) of what you can earn compared to Malaysia!

The Internet is borderless, this is something for you as content creators to ponder on.

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