It’s no surprise that a fair amount of DJs are making a staggering amount of money to simply mix a few bangers for a couple of hours to 20-somethings in one evening. While times have certainly changed from 80’s and 90’s music, the urge to get down to techno and deep house favourites have certainly not. More and more dance festivals are popping up every year and DJs are earning more and more money in the process, walking away with a mind-blowing six figure amount each year. Let’s take a look at some of the most successful DJs in the industry and the amount they earn annually.
Calvin Harris – $46 million
Calvin Harris’ major success comes from his studio albums released in the last few years, such as Wav Bounces Vol. 1 which features artists like Snoop Dogg, PartyNextDoor, Jessie Reyez, Lil Yachty, DRAM, Khalid, John Legend, Katy Perry, and Travis Scott to mention but a few. There’s also talk of a sixth studio album on the way in early 2019, ensuring Calvin Harris remains at the top of the highest paid DJs in the world.
The Chainsmokers – $45.5 million
The New York duo has only been active for the last six years but has already become a household name in several countries across the globe. #Selfie was their debut single which managed to hit the Top 20 in multiple countries, but it was Closer in 2016 that really placed them on the scene. They managed to rake in over $45 million in 2018, and we’re expecting that this will increase as the years roll on.
Tiesto – $33 million
Tiesto is the second oldest DJ to make our list, after David Guetta and is considered one of the greatest DJs in the history of mixing and is also considered the grandfather when it comes to EDM. Tiesto has a total of 5 studio albums and is currently enjoying immense success with his “I like it loud” EP with collaborations with Matisse & Sadko as well as MOTi.
Steve Aoki – $28 million
Founder of the Dim Mak label, Steve Aoki has jumped up a spot from 2017 but seemed to have dropped by almost $2 million since last year. However, we quite sure he doesn’t mind too much as he still managed to rake in $28 million in 2018. Steve Aoki also impresses with five studio albums with more albums in the pipeline for 2019.
Marshmello – $23 million
Marshmello is the only masked DJ to make our list in 2018. His real name is Christopher Comstock, and besides DJing, he is world-renowned for his YouTube show known as Cooking with Marshmello. You can see him cooking up a storm with friends in the kitchen, including Paula Abdul.
Zedd – $22 million
Zedd is a Russian producer that was born in Germany and managed to earn $22 million in the last year. He released a second album in 2018 called ‘True Colours’ and is constantly touring around the world where most of his income stems from. He also has a third album on the way for 2019.