Many people are getting paid, however many of those getting paid often aren't going to say anything for fear of being plagiarized and I don't blame them.
Some are making car payment type money while some are making gas money. There is money to be made, but it takes time, patience, and a willingness to put in an effort.
There are many on hp who complain money can't be made, but 10 minutes looking into their articles and you see much of it is copy and paste from other articles on the web. Even if the person making these articles is the same person, google still will not appreciate the copy and paste articles, no matter how nice they look.
My point? Write original content, research what you are writing to ensure people are actually looking for it, and give it time. Depending on your article types you may make pennies, gas money, car payments, or if you are super lucky house payments. :)