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How to Make Money in Grand Theft Auto V

Updated on August 3, 2016

VIP Missions

There are plenty of ways to making money in Grand Theft Auto V but the best method to use is VIP work. Within the category of VIP work, you’ll find that VIP missions almost always pay out the best and they don’t require that much work to complete or time, which is essential in the land of making money in GTA. Usually, each VIP mission will give the participants somewhere between $15,000 to $25,000. That is a lot of dough considering you can complete one mission in less than 10 minutes if you know what you’re doing.

If you have a CEO who is generous then you’ll find out that you can actually turn about $30,000 for each VIP mission. This is because the CEO can share his cash with the rest of the people in the organization, then while waiting for a VIP mission to come off of cool down, he’ll likely want you guys to help him with a cargo shipment for his warehouse. Essentially, he’s sharing the money with you because you’re working for him in the fact that he’s using your manpower to ensure his shipments get to his warehouse in orderly fashion.

VIP missions are actually fun as well which makes them worth the time to complete. Whereas with heist missions you have to go through the setup phase and loading screens, these VIP missions are all completed through free mode. That means the time that you can make the money is reduced significantly, especially if you get some random players who just end up quitting if something doesn’t go right the first attempt at the mission.



We still believe that one of the best ways to make money in this game are from doing heists, whether it’s helping someone complete them or setting them up yourself. The Pacific Standard heist, if done properly can rack in some serious cash for not only yourself, but the people helping you. Essentially you just want to make sure that you have 3 others with you in a party and are all on the same page, if you have that one key element, communication, then the rest is easy to finish.

Heists can usually end up making you a lot of money, but we recommend avoiding picking up random players to complete heists unless it’s absolutely necessary. This is because most of the time you’ll be paired up with someone who doesn’t want to communicate, or they’ll end up leaving if the first attempt at the mission fails, causing you to go through another set of loading screens and finding a new player in the matchmaking.

People who set up the heists and pay the upfront costs to start them are the ones who will walk away with a lot of money. If you find someone who is generous then you’ll likely end up with 20 percent of the total cut, which in the case of the Pacific Standard heist, if played on Hard, you’ll walk away with roughly $250,000 in your pocket for just the finale mission. Each setup mission leading into the finale mission will earn you between $20,000 to $25,000 depending on the difficulty that you complete them on.


Robbing Stores

Another cool method and can be fun at times is robbing the stores around the town in Grand Theft Auto V. Each store can garner you a couple thousand each, but the thing is that there’s no loading screens and you can complete this in the free mode. This means that you should be able to rob 3-5 stores in the matter of 10 minutes, which is around $10,000 to $20,000 for 10 minutes of work.

That kind of money is pretty essential for the 10 minute threshold, according to us you should be making at least $10,000 every 10 minutes in the game. If you’re not making that kind of money then you’re not doing the right thing, especially if your main concern while playing Grand Theft Auto V is making money. Although robbing stores can seem boring or lame at some times because of the cops, if you just ignore the cops and continue hitting up the stores in succession then you’ll walk away with a good amount of money in your pocket.

We have to warn you though that this shouldn’t be your main priority when making money in this game. We threw this method into the article because it’s a good mix up from the rest of the methods that people are using nowadays such as premium races and heists. Robbing stores can be entertaining and it’s even more fun if you have a good group of guys to roll around in an armored vehicle with while you’re hitting them up.


Premium & Stunt Races

There has been a recent increase in the amount of people claiming that they can make a lot of money from completing premium and stunt races in Grand Theft Auto V. We’ve played a few of the races ourselves and we would have to agree with those people but under certain circumstances only. Both race types only payout larges sums if you’re the winner of the race. For example, we completed a stunt race the other day and we finished first, the payout was $20,000.

We have heard from other people in the game that the payouts for the premium races are much, much larger than that of the stunt races. A race doesn’t take much time either which leads us back to the whole time sensitive nature of making money in Grand Theft Auto V. A race will likely take 15 minutes from the loading screen to the end. This means that you need to finish first in order for this to be beneficial to you, or in order to maintain the $10,000 per 10 minutes ratio we believe is crucial for making money at a reasonable pace in Grand Theft Auto V.

We understand the fun factor in the races is way higher than anything else in the game that you can do right now but we also we believe that you should be making the most money you can in the game whilst having fun. Races are a great of way ensuring that you’re having fun and making decent money in the process. Therefore, we don’t necessarily recommend doing it as your primary source of making money but doing it because you’re looking for something different to do or to have fun is perfect.


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      Derp Brony 

      23 months ago

      now if you're in story mode a good way to get money is find the hidden underwater briefcases, do taxi missions or rob gas stations/convenience stores. for multiplayer try a heist, stunt races or VIP missions


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