Although Dr. Lee doesn’t appear to be in a financially dire situation by any means, devout fans of her TLC show may be surprised to learn that she has admitted to making next to no money for the role!
Indeed, per Men’s Health, she shared back in 2018 that she is “not getting paid anything for the show, really.”
Although she isn’t making much from the show, the doctor said that she feels “so fortunate to have this — that this has been offered to me — and I’m so fortunate that they’re making me look good.”
While the exact (seemingly low) number that Dr. Lee makes per episode on TLC remains a mystery, there are plenty of other financial metrics available that paint a picture of exactly how she amassed her fortune.
It appears that one of her biggest revenue-generating streams is still her YouTube channel, which has over 7 million subscribers and a cumulative 4 billion-plus views across all videos.
Her videos all run ads, which, based on YouTube’s ad revenue percentages, means that with around 780,000 views per day, she takes in roughly $6,000 per day in ads (or about $2 million a year) off of just those alone.
Then comes her actual work: According to salary.com, the average yearly pay for a dermatologist ranges from $260,000–$400,000 a year, an impressive sum. Beyond even that, Dr. Lee also sells merch to promote her shows, has written a book, and maintains a line of skincare products.