The World’s Highest Paid DJs


It’s been said that DJs are the new rockstars. Even if you don’t agree with that, you can’t argue with the kind of superstar money they’re pulling in. Forbes just put together the list of the highest paid DJs of the last year (June 1, 2012 through June 1, 2013) and it’s fairly insane. We don’t know how much every band member makes out there, but we’d guess a lot would dream of making Calvin Harris money.

1. Calvin Harris – $46 million

2. Tiesto – $32 million

3. David Guetta – $30 million

4. Swedish House Mafia – $25 million

5. Deadmau5 – $21 million

6. Avicii – $20 million

7. Afrojack – $18 million

8. Armin van Buuren – $17 million

9. Skrillex – $16 million (tie)

9. Kaskade – $16 million (tie)

11. Steve Aoki – $14 million

12. DJ Pauly D – $13 million (tie)

12. Diplo – $13 million (tie)


  • Mark Elmes

    bloody hell diplo is in some very nice cash! interesting list though

  • Rick Johnes

    do they earn this amount per year?

  • Poobah

    Rather surprised to not see A-Trak on the list!!!

  • Poobah

    The article says “June 1, 2012 through June 1, 2013″

  • Poobah

    or Zedd!?!?!

  • trashy69

    wtf pauly D!

  • Fireborn

    You guys missed out Paul Van Dyk and Carl Cox, they get paid heaps…

  • Lynn

    Zedd’s dead baby, Zedd’s dead.

  • baffled1

    You’ve gotta be kidding ! These guys are the “Kardashians” of the music business…

  • Kento

    Hard to believe that with Diplo producing as much as he does for so many artists that he’s only pulling in 13 million. Especially since Pauly D is only DJing and doing appearances and hasn’t produced a good track EVER.

  • Kento

    no Zed’s Dead is a different artist lol. No joke that’s another DJ.

  • Kento

    they don’t produce much and Carl is very selective about his gigs now.

  • Kento

    troll douche.