The Most Earned DJs throughout the World


The first Dj came in 1947 when Jimmy Savile played dance music at the party by mixing the jazz records with different tunes. DJ holds a collection of current music lyrics and the traditional and composes within a unique mixture. DJs can transform the original words of the song with different newly formed music or sounds. The music system is ultimately controlled by the disk jockey in the party hall.

Generally, the radio DJ and Club DJ are the typical types of DJs. Still, DJs often collaborate with the singers in their new songs albums such as David Guetta collaborated with Rihanna and Justin Bieber. When we take a look at the highest-paid DJs, some names emerged in front of us. Such as the Chainsmokers get paid $46 million, with the highest sum of money in the DJs, Marshmello comes in second place with $40 million, Calvin Harris at 3rd place gets paid $38.5 million, Steve Aoki takes $30 million. Similarly, Diplo takes $25 million, and the list goes on.
Here we will discuss the top 5 highest earned DJs in the entire World. We enlisted the following DJs to evaluate.

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Marshmello
  • Calvin Harris
  • Steve Aoki
  • Diplo

American electronic DJ The Chainsmokers

1. The Chainsmokers

The honor of getting high-paid goes to The Chainsmokers, who garnered $46 million in the past year. A couple of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall are at the top of the list of annual Electronic Cash Kings list. They dethroned the Calvin Harris, who deposed after six consecutive years of No.1 in highest-paid DJs.

The Chainsmokers have performed multiple festivals and private shows over the past years. They have performed at the XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club, where they stayed for three years with Wynn Nightlife. Another factor of their yearly income is their recorded music sales and endorsements.

In an interview with Forbes in 2017, Pall explained, “We work with the artist because it makes sense because we are excited about them. Anytime we work with someone, it’s because they offer something to us creatively that inspires us”.

American DJ Marshmello

2. Marshmello

For the public appearance, Marshmello wears a customized helmet. The identity is still ambiguous, but he assumed as an American DJ, Chris Comstock, his real name, also known as Dotcom. Marshmello earned $44 million over the past two years, and it is a remarkable achievement, which pushes him on the 2nd DJ, who highly paid in the World after Chainsmokers. His crossover hits like “Happier” (with Bastille) and “Wolves” (with Selena Gomez). Another significant achievement is his YouTube channel series “Cooking with Marshmello,” which has become the 50th largest YouTube channel which seen by millions of people across the World.

The CEO of Beatport, Rob McDaniels, says that “Marshmello is one of the select few who have defined this generation.”

His headgear has become a symbol that contributes to make Marshmello the 2nd highest paid DJ in the World.

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris

3. Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, songwriter, singer, and producer. Calvin Harris’s real name is Adam Richard Wiles. Recently, he is living in Los Angeles. He earned hard for DJ gear. Gradually, he started performing and producing music in small events, and then Three Six Zero Group assigned him for the new projects. Recently, Calvin Harris is among the richest and 3rd highly paid DJs in the DJs industry and music industry.

 In an interview, he stated that “Sometimes, it’s better to stop thinking and trust your instincts. That’s what I used to do when I first started making music, but as time goes on, you can sometimes over-intellectualize things”.

American musician & DJ Steve Aoki

4. Steve Aoki

Steven Hiroyuki is the real name of Steve Aoki. He is an American electro house musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive.

Steve Aoki is the 4th highly paid DJ in the music industry. When we look at his works, he has released various Billboard- charting studios albums, in which “Wonderland” notably famous and nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013.

He has found a fundraising organization, namely, “Steve Aoki Charitable Fund,” working for global humanitarian relief.

American DJ Diplo

5. Diplo

Diplo is among the five highest-paid and earned DJs in the music industry. His real is Thomas Wesley Pentz, an American DJ. Diplo has achieved a reputable position due to his hard work in spreading the electronic subgenre tropical houses. He has worked together with Justine Bieber in his hit list song, “where are you now.”

Diplo has performed for private events and shows to make his earning in his six figures per night. His achievements and work bring him to the list of top high-paid DJs. Diplo is a member of supergroup LSD with Sia and Labrinth. He has mutually worked with Skrillex.

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