Chegg Revenue and Usage Statistics (2024)

Louise Wylie

Updated: January 8, 2024

First intended as an online bulletin board for college students, particularly aimed at selling textbooks, Cheggpost was founded in 2000 by three Iowa State University students, Josh Carlson, Mike Seager, and Mark Fiddelke. Initially, the website also offered information on scholarships, internship matching and university application advice but it struggled to find success.

Within a few years, fellow students Aayush Phumbhra and Osman Rashid joined the company, shifted the focus to textbook rentals and shortened the name to Chegg. By 2008, revenue had reached $10 million, and by the end of January 2009 Chegg had surpassed that again.

Chegg began to move online, and launched an eReader in 2012 to improve the accessibility of textbooks. The business went public in 2013, and its IPO reportedly raised $187.5 million with an initial market capitalisation of $1.1 billion.

The company continued to expand, and experienced rapid growth during the coronavirus pandemic. In the third quarter of 2020, subscriptions grew by 69% and as of 2021, it was valued at more than $12 billion.

While Chegg does still provide textbooks for rent or purchase, the business is now predominately based on a subscription model for its study services. There is 24/7 access to online tutors, plagiarism scans, automatic citations and writing help. Chegg Maths was introduced in 2017 to help students solve equations. Through Thinkful, acquired in 2019, there is again careers advice, internship opportunities and skills bootcamps. In April 2022, Chegg partnered with a book reseller to transition out of the logistics of its print textbook library.

However, the study services have faced some criticism. Chegg Study, which was originally called Cramster and acquired in 2010, offers 37 million expert Q&As, 6 million textbook solutions, video walkthroughs, and practice sets. Some educators have expressed concern that Chegg Study is being used by students to cheat by searching up textbook answers. In response, Chegg created Honor Shield, a tool to block students for searching for certain exam answers for a set period of time.

Throughout its expansion, Chegg has acquired companies which offer a range of school services, in an attempt to make the company a one-stop shop for students, including CourseRank, Internships.com, StudyBlue and Campus Special.

Facing competition from free-to-use AI chatbots, in May 2023 CEO Dan Rosensweig announced the introduction of a GPT-4 powered AI platform called CheggMate. The company has warned its new customer growth rate has already been impacted by ChatGPT, leading to a sharp fall in its stock price.

We’ve collected data and statistics on Chegg. Read on to find out more.

Chegg key statistics

  • Chegg’s revenue was $766.9 million in 2022, a slight decrease from the previous year
  • Chegg faced net losses every year until 2022, when it earned a net income of $266.6 million
  • Subscription services revenues constituted 88% of total net revenues in 2022 at $672 million, an increase of 9% year on year
  • There were 8.2 million subscribers for Chegg services in 2022

Chegg overview

TitleTitle 2
Launch dateJanuary 2000
HQSanta Clara, USA
PeopleDan Rosensweig (President, CEO)
Business typePublic
IndustryEducation

Chegg revenue 

Chegg generated $776.9 billion in 2022, a fall of 1% from the previous year. Subscription services were 88% of total net revenue.

Chegg quarterly revenue 2017 to 2023 ($mm)

Chegg annual revenue 2013 to 2022 ($mm)

YearRevenue ($mm)
2013255.6
2014304.8
2015301.4
2016254.1
2017255.1
2018321.1
2019410.9
2020644.3
2021776.3
2022766.9

Source: Company data

Chegg net income

The business recorded its first net gain in 2022 of $266.6 million after having net lossses each year from 2013.

Chegg annual net income 2012 to 2022 ($mm)

YearNet income ($mm)
2013-158.4
2014-64.8
2015-59.2
2016-42.2
2017-20.3
2018-14.9
2019-9.6
2020-6.2
2021-1.5
2022266.6

Source: Company data

Chegg Subscribers

There were 8.2 million Chegg Services subscribers in 2022, a 5% increase year-on-year. The number of subscribers has risen each year since 2013.

Chegg Services quarterly subscribers 2017 to 2023 (mm)

Chegg Services annual subscribers 2013 to 2022 (mm)

YearSubscribers (mm)
20130.5
20140.7
20151
20161.5
20172.2
20183.1
20193.9
20206.6
20217.8
20228.2

Source: Company data

Chegg FAQs

How many views do Chegg Study content and materials receive?

In 2020, Chegg Study content was viewed 1.3 billion times.

How much does Chegg cost?

Chegg subscriptions start at $14.95 per month.

How many textbooks does Chegg have access to?

Chegg has a library of almost 750,000 books.

Where is Chegg available?

Chegg operates in around 190 countries.

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