The Highest Paid DJs

History on 7 of the Highest Paid DJs of all time

In today’s music industry, DJs are some of the highest earners. From playing sets at festivals around the world, to producing their own tracks, these DJs are making a killing and taking the music industry by storm.



The Chainsmokers

American DJ duo The Chainsmokers, have become one of the most successful and well-known EDM acts in the world. earning them a place on the list of the world’s highest-paid DJs. Formed in 2012, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart are best known for their chart-topping singles “Closer,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Something Just Like This.”

The Chainsmokers have enjoyed an incredible rise to fame over the last few years, with their success reflected in their earnings. In 2018, they earned an estimated $45.5 million, making them the fourth highest-paid DJs in the world. They’ve collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, like Halsey, Coldplay, and 5 Seconds of Summer. In addition to their DJ work, The Chainsmokers also host their own radio show, “Worldwide Radio Show,” and are frequent performers at festivals around the world. 



Tiësto is one of the biggest names in EDM for the last two decades. He began his career in the mid 1990s as a trance and techno producer, becoming a leading figure of the scene in the Netherlands. His 2003 album, Just Be, was his breakthrough record and has since become one of the best-selling dance albums of all time.

Tiësto’s incredible talent has won him countless awards, including two Grammys. His career has given him an impressive net worth of about $150 million. He is known for his energetic, lively shows, and has performed at some of the biggest festivals in the world, like Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland and Coachella.Tiësto continues to stay at the top of the industry, consistently releasing new music and performing all over the world. His success is unprecedented and with more than 20 years in the game, Tiësto shows no signs of slowing down.



Calvin Harris is one of the highest-paid DJs in the world, with a net worth estimated at around $190 million. In 2019, Forbes ranked him as the second-highest-paid DJ, behind only Tiesto, earning an estimated $48 million between 2018 and 2019. Harris is considered one of the most influential producers in electronic dance music, and has won a Grammy Award for Best Music Video in 2013 for his hit ‘This is What We Came For’. He has headlined at some of the most prestigious events in the world, including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival and Lollapalooza.



Born in 1988, Sonny Moore, known as Skrillex, has been spinning since the age of 14 and hasn’t stopped. Since his debut EP, My Name Is Skrillex, was released in 2010, he has earned over $30 million in total earnings.

Skrillex has continued to evolve musically throughout his career, going from experimental electronic music to a mixture of dubstep, hip-hop and trap music. He has produced many hits such as “Bangarang”, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, “First of the Year (Equinox)”, and “Where Are U Now”. His collaboration with Diplo and Justin Bieber on “Where Are U Now” earned him a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2016.

Not only is Skrillex a talented DJ and producer, he has also done philanthropic work. He started The Skrillex Foundation to help fund music-related projects for youth. He also founded OWSLA, a record label dedicated to promoting new artists and genres.



David Guetta is one of the most successful DJs in the world, having achieved massive success in both the club and radio music scenes. Guetta is widely recognized for his energetic live sets as well as his production work, which incorporates elements of house, electro, hip hop, progressive house and trance. Guetta has been awarded two Grammy Awards, with three of his songs appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He was recently named one of the “30 Most Influential Names in Dance Music” by Rolling Stone magazine and holds the distinction of being the only DJ to have a Billboard chart topping single.

In addition to his own music, Guetta has produced hits for many high-profile acts including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Akon, Sia and Kelly Rowland. He has also released numerous albums, including Just A Little More Love, and Nothing But The Beat and Listen. Guetta can be found headlining festivals like Coachella, Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival. He also holds several residencies at major clubs around the world. Guetta’s net worth is estimated to be around $75 million.



World-renowned DJ Steve Aoki, born in Miami, began his career in 1996 at the age of 18. Since then, he has released seven studio albums, four compilations, and numerous singles and remixes, many of which have gone on to be hits in the club and dance music scenes. He’s played at some of the biggest clubs and music festivals around the globe, including Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival. Aoki’s earning power has been steadily increasing since 2009 and reached its peak in 2018 when he earned $28 million. In addition to his income from DJing, Aoki also earns money through his clothing line, his record label, and his endorsement deals with companies like ASICS and Honda.

To stay at the top of his game, Aoki regularly works on new music. His recent collaborations include David Guetta, Fall Out Boy, and Blink-182. His commitment to producing quality music has kept him in high demand as a DJ for many years.



Martin Garrix performing

Martin Garrix is a Dutch DJ, musician, and record producer from Amstelveen, Netherlands. The 23-year-old multi-talented artist has taken the music world by storm since his breakthrough hit “Animals” was released in 2013. Since then, he has become one of the biggest names in the EDM scene. He has been ranked the No. 1 DJ in the world for the past two years in a row by DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs poll.

Garrix’s career started at the young age of 16 when he released his debut track “BFAM” under his own label, STMPD RCRDS. He signed with Spinnin’ Records, one of the largest and most successful dance music labels in the world. Garrix has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music including Ed Sheeran, Bebe Rexha, Afrojack, and even Usher. In 2018, he collaborated with American pop singer Dua Lipa on their hit single “Scared to be Lonely” which reached No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart. His latest release, “High On Life” featuring Bonn, also made it to the top of the charts worldwide.

Throughout his career, Garrix has toured extensively and performed at music festivals like Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival, and EDC Las Vegas. He’s also played shows at iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena. In 2019, Martin Garrix was named the highest-paid DJ in the world by Forbes Magazine. He earned an estimated $28 million between June 2018 and June 2019, more than double what he made in 2017. 





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