It sounds like one of the most fun jobs in the world: performing to hundreds or thousands of fans in packed crowds who are partying all night long to your music – and you’re pulling six-figure sums for the trouble.
That’s what it’s like to be one of the greatest DJs in the world.
But it’s not all fun and games: DJs work hard. According to Forbes, US electronic dance musician and record producer Steve Aoki performed at over 200 shows in the past year.
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“It's not necessarily about what kind of profit margins I'm making,” he said. “It's more about how I'm servicing my culture or the community.”
But there’s no denying the numbers they pull – both in people and in profits.
At the top of Forbes’ 2019 list of highest-paid DJs are The Chainsmokers, making US$46 million (A$67.8 million) between June 2018 and June 2019.
Marshmello followed behind at US$40 million, with Scotland’s Calvin Harris in third place, raking in an impressive US$40 million in the most recent financial year.
One thing to note about the list, however: there are no female DJs. In fact, no woman has appeared on the list since Forbes started tracking it in 2012.
According to Forbes, these are the highest-paid DJs in the world between June 2018 and June 2019:
The Chainsmokers (US$46 million)
Marshmello (US$40 million)
Calvin Harris (US$38.5 million)
Steve Aoki (US$30 million)
Diplo (US$25 million)
Tiësto (US$24 million)
Martin Garrix (US$19 million)
David Guetta (US$18 million)
Zedd (US$17 million)
Armin van Buuren (US$15 million)
Kaskade (US$14 million)
Skrillex (US$13 million)
Alesso (US$12.5 million)
Afrojack (US$12 million)
DJ Snake (US$11.5 million, tie)
DJ Pauly D (US$11.5 million, tie)
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (US$11.5 million, tie)
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