The maximum level in Skyrim, without the use of mods or console commands, is level 81. This means that a player can only earn enough experience points to reach level 81, and will not be able to progress any further.
Reaching level 81 requires a significant amount of time and effort, as the player must earn a total of 1,104,000 experience points to reach this level. This can be achieved through various means, such as completing quests, killing enemies, and crafting items.
Once a player reaches level 81, they will have access to all of the perks in the game and will have a significant advantage over lower level characters. However, it's worth noting that many players choose to continue playing even after reaching level 81, as there is still plenty of content to explore and challenges to overcome.
In addition to the level cap of 81, Skyrim also has a "soft" level cap of 50 for skill levels. This means that a player can continue to level up their character beyond level 50, but will not gain any additional perks or abilities from doing so.