But looking at this article just makes me believe even more that there really is no system to how writers are paid on Medium. I have articles that have gotten over 700 views, each of them have made less than $5. Nowhere close to what the articles with that many views are earning according to the stats you are showing.
You have to remember that many of these earnings screenshots were based on claps. Views were totally irrelevant (and they still are under the new system). The MPP pays for member reading time, so if paying members aren’t reading your content, your earnings to views ratio will be quite low.
Also, keep in mind, people tend to post disproportionately good results. Meaning if anything, these writers are probably in the top 10% as far as attracting paying members, and either getting them to clap or read their article a lot.
Some of these articles also had heavy external promotion/maximized their article SEO, which over time, as there are more members, has begun to boost their earnings.
Keep at it!
And remember that you are developing a back catalogue of content — when you gain truly engaged readers over time, some percent will look back across all of your articles.