Total level is the sum of the levels of all of a player's Skills. The current maximum for members is 2,736, and the maximum for free players is 1,750. Total level is a common way for players to compare their stats. The minimum experience to achieve a total level of 2,736 is 601,991,332. As of 16 April 2018, 10,000 players have achieved the maximum total level of 2,736.
The opening page on the Hiscores ranks players by their total level, then by experience. Other than when new skills have been recently released, the top ranked players in the hiscores are generally listed in order of experience rather than rank. The number one player won't have a higher level than the number two player, but will have more experience. The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 1,930,165) on the hiscores for Overall is level 36.
After the updates on 21 May 2008, players would be informed when their total levels reached important milestones. Free players who used to be members would still receive a message stating that they've reached the highest total level possible on free-to-play worlds when they reached a total level of 1614. When players receive this message there is also a short animation with 6 large fireworks shooting out from the player.
In RuneScape Classic, the maximum total level was 1,782 (1,395 for free players). The addition of Runecrafting (1,881), Slayer (1,980), Farming (2,079), Construction (2,178), Hunter (2,277), Summoning (2,376), Dungeoneering (2,496), Divination (2,595), and the newest skill, Invention, brought the maximum total level to 2,715 (1,655 for free players). The extension of the Slayer skill to 120 levels has risen this further to 2,736.
On 9 November 2009, Jagex released two skill total worlds, one for free players and one to members. Only players with a total level of 1,000 or over may play on those servers. Jagex later added two additional skill total worlds for members, requiring a total level of over 2,000 and 2,400. On 3 March 2010, Jagex changed the total level world for members from 1,000 to 1,500+. The total level world for free players remained 1,000+, but was later removed by an update on 18 February 2013. On 10 April 2017 total level world requiring 2,400 skill total was increased to a 2,600.
First players to achieve landmark total levels
|500 overall||January 2001||Lightning|
|600 overall||January 2001||Lightning|
|700 overall||February 2001||Lightning|
|800 overall||April 2001||Lightning|
|900 overall||June 2001||Mysticsmagic|
|1100 overall||February 2002||L6vi|
|1200 overall||March 2002||L6vi|
|1300 overall||April 2002||L6vi|
|1400 overall||June 2002||Tks|
|1500 overall||March 2003||Tks|
|1600 overall||October 2003||Bonebreaker6|
|1980 overall||9 July 2005||Zezima|
|2079 overall||4 October 2005||Zezima|
|2178 overall||11 June 2006||N0valyfe|
|2277 overall||12 December 2006||thehate|
|2376 overall||12 February 2008||Kingduffy|
|2475 overall||7 May 2010||Skiller 703|
|2496 overall||22 August 2010||Telmomarques|
|2595 overall||29 August 2013||Im Choice|
|2694 overall||25 January 2016||Scuzzy|
|2715 overall||27 January 2016||Scuzzy|
|1494 overall||28 January 2008||Syzygy|
|1593 overall||11 June 2010||S Diamant Y|
|1614 overall||9 October 2010||El Popo1|
|1750 overall||5 October 2017||Smoke Up|