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The Top 10 Highest Paid EDM DJs, Including One Who Earned $66 Million Last Year

By 08.20.14


Forbes has released its now-annual Electronic Cash Kings 2014 list ranking the biggest earners in the EDM world. A study earlier this summer concluded that, as an industry, EDM is worth at least six billion dollars, so there’s plenty of coin to go around for the scene’s titans.

According to Forbes, the industry’s top ten earners can made a combined $268 million this year, which is up 11% from $241 million last year. That’s a lot of money for showing up to a festival or Vegas nightclub to press play on an Ableton set that you’ve loaded up on your private jet, but such is the world that we live in.

It’s safe to say that being a DJ can be a pretty lucrative career if you’re good at making dope beats and face-melting drops. Who needs that fancy piece of paper called a college diploma when you can make a living off plugging your MacBook Pro into a sweet sound system.

Everyone gettin’…

10. Deadmau5 – $16 million a year

9. Skrillex – $16.5 million a year

8. Kaskade – $17 million a year

7. Zedd – $21 million a year

6. Afrojack – $22 million a year

5. Steve Aoki – $23 million a year

4. Tiesto – $28 million a year

3. Avicii – $28 million a year

2. David Guetta – $30 million a year

1. Calvin Harris – $66 million a year


Sad to see that Divici didn’t make the list. Next year, Bro.

Brandon Wenerd
About Brandon Wenerd... Brandon Wenerd is BroBible's senior editor, guru of @brotips, and director of strategic partnerships. He joined BroBible in the fall of 2009 after graduating from Penn State. When he’s not writing, Brandon enjoys fishing, Phish, Philly sports, Dewey Beach, supporting live music, hot sauce, and beer. E-mail him with post ideas and news tips:

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