The Highest Paid DJs in the World in 2020

Disk Jockeys also known as DJs make it more fun to listen to music. That’s why you will find them in almost every club, radio or tv station. This article lists the 15 highest paid DJs in the world. I will also let you know how much each one of them earns.

15. Afrojack

Pay: $10 Million

Genres: Dutch house, trap, electro house, progressive house, big room house, dance-pop

Age: 32

Nationality: Dutch

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Afrojack is a Dutch DJ, record producer, songwriter, music programmer and one of the highest paid djs in the world.

He started DJ’ing at the age of 14 and has been active from 2003 to the present. He’s an award-winning DJ having won a Grammy Award in 2011 in the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical category.

According to Dj Mag, Afrojack is one of the top 100 DJs. He’s the CEO of LDH Europe and has his own record label, Wall Recordings.

Afrojack has released a number of tracks including “Bed of Roses” (2018) featuring Stanaj and “Another Life” featuring David Guetta in 2017.

In 2015, Afrojack featured in David Guetta’s single “Hey Mama” which he co-produced with Guetta.

14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

Pay: $10.5 Million

Genres: Trap, Electro house, big room house, future house, dutch house, future bass.

Age: 38(Dimitri), 34(Mike)

Nationality: Belgian

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The duo comprises two brothers who are also record producers.

Vegas and Mike own a record label named Smash the House with artists such as Ummet Ozcan, Bassjackers and twoloud.

They have won numerous awards including 6 International Dance Music Awards, 3 MTV Europe Music Awards, and one NRJ Music Awards. It has also been nominated on numerous awards.

Mike and Vegas were ranked 2nd in the 2018 Top 100 DJs list by DJ Mag

13. DJ Snake

Pay: $11 Million

Genres: Trap, hip hop, French house, EDM

Age: 33

Nationality: French

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He is a record producer and one of the highest paid DJs in the world. Dj Snake is associated with labels such as Mad Decent, Interscope, Columbia, Spinnin’ and Premiere Classe.

DJ Snake made his debut in the international scene in 2013 with the tracks “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What”.

In 2015, he also worked with Diplo to release the single “Lean On”. In September 2018 Snake released the track “Taki Taki” in which he featured Cardi B, Selena Gomez, and Ozuna.

He’s presently a member of the Pardon My French squad which comprises four French DJs including Tchami, Malaa and Mercer.

In 2018, Billboard ranked DJ Snake at No. 9 in the Billboard Dance 100, a ranking of dance musicians.

12. Kygo

Pay: $11.5 Million

Genres: Deep house, downtempo, Tropical house, progressive house

Age: 28

Nationality: Norwegian

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He is a DJ, record producer and songwriter from Norway. He was ranked 32nd on the 2018 Top 100 DJs list by DJ Mag. In 2018, Billboard also ranked Kygo 3rd on the Billboard Dance 100.

Kygo has released trucks such as “It Ain’t Me”, “Stay”, and “Here for You”. He gained international attention after his remix of the song “I see Fire” by Ed Sheeran.

The remix was viewed over 76 million times on Youtube and received more than 54 million plays on SoundCloud.

Kygo holds the world record of the fastest 1 billion streams on Spotify.

11. Axwell & Ingrosso

Pay: $12 Million

Genres: Electro house, progressive house

Age: Axwell(42), Ingrosso(36)

Nationality: Swedish

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Axwell Ingrosso is a Swedish duo comprising Axwell and Ingrosso who were former members of the Swedish House Mafia.

The duo was formed in 2014 and has released tracks like “On My Way”, “This Time”, “I Love You” and “Sun Is Shining”.

The group and has won several awards such as the Grammis Awards in 2018 with the tracks “More Than You Know” and “I Love You”. It has also been nominated on several awards.

In 2018, the DJ Mag ranked the duo at position 41 on the Top 100 DJs.

10. Martin Garrix

Pay: $13 Million

Genres: Electro House, progressive house, Dutch house, future bass, big room house

Age: 23

Nationality: Dutch

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Martin Garrix is a DJ and record producer from the Netherlands. He’s one of the youngest and highest paid DJs in the world. Some of his famous singles include “Scared to be Lonely”, “Animals” and “In the Name of Love”.

He owns his own record label named Stmpd Rcrds which houses artists such as Dillon Francis, Syn Cole, Julian Jordan among others. In 2014, Garrix became the youngest DJ to perform at the Ultra Music Festival at the age of 17.

Martin has topped the Top 100 DJs list by DJ Mag for 3 consecutive years 2018, 2017 and 2016.

9. Kaskade

Pay: $13.5 Million

Genres: Electro house, progressive house, house, deep house.

Age: 49

Nationality: American

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Kaskade is an American DJ, remixer, record producer and of the past masters in the industry. He released his debut single, “What I Say” in 2001.

In 2014 he was named by the Forbes magazine as the world’s 8th highest paid DJ, pocketing $17 million.

He has been in the game since 1989 and has released several albums including Kaskade Christmas (2017), Love mysterious (2006), Automatic (2015) among others.

He has also been nominated for numerous awards including the 2017 and 2019 Grammy Awards.

Kaskade is a father to three children.

8. David Guetta

Pay: $15 Million

Genres: Electro house, progressive house, house, dance-pop, EDM.

Age: 52

Nationality: French

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He has sold more than 30 million singles and 9 million albums globally. Born and raised in France, David Guetta is a French DJ, record producer, songwriter, music programmer and of the highest paid djs in the world.

Guetta is a veteran in the industry having numerous tracks and  albums. In 2018 he released his 7th album, titled 7.

The album consists of singles such as “Say My Name” which featured Bebe Rexha and J Balvin. Also in the album is the track “Goodbye” featuring Willy William and Nicki Minaj.

In 2016, David Guetta was the music ambassador for the UEFA Euro 2016. His song “This One’s for You” featuring Zara Larsson was the official song for the tournament. He performed the song in the opening and closing ceremonies.

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7. Diplo

Pay: $20 Million

Genres: Electro house, hip hop, pop, dancehall, trap, Moombahton, EDM.

Age: 41

Nationality: American

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Also known as Thomas Wesley Pentz Jr. Diplo is an American DJ, record producer and songwriter. He’s a member of the American electronic dancehall trio named Major Lazer. He’s also a member of Jack U (together with DJ Skrillex) and LSD (together with Sia & Labrinth).

Diplo is the founder and owner of the record label Mad Decent. He has worked with many artists including Justin Bieber, bad Bunny, MØ, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Chris Brown among others.

He was ranked at number 17 in the 2018 Top 100 DJs by DJ Mag.

6. Zedd

Pay: $22 Million

Genres: house, electro house, progressive house, complextro, EDM

Age: 30

Nationality: Russian

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Zedd is Russian born DJ, record producer, songwriter and instrumentalist. He grew up in Germany.

In 2012 he released his debut single “Clarity” in which he featured Foxes. The track won him a Grammy award for the Best Dance Recording. It also reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also released his debut album titled Clarity which featured the hit single “Stay the Night”.

In 2018, Billboard ranked Zedd 7th on their 2018 ranking of dance musicians, Billboard Dance 100. Zedd has won numerous awards and has been nominated on multiple awards.

In 2019, Zedd released the track “365” featuring Katy Perry.

5. Marshmello

Pay: $23 Million

Genres: trap, electronic, progressive house, future bass, future bounce

Age: 27

Nationality: American

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American DJ and record producer Marshmello is the 5th highest paid DJ in the world. Some of his famous singles include “Friends”, “FLY”, “Danger”, “Silence”, “Happier” and “Wolves”, all of which appeared in the Billboard Hot 100.

Marshmello has won a total of 5 awards including 1 International Dance Music Award in 2019 and 1 MTV Europe Music Award in 2018 He has also been nominated 18 times.

4. Steve Aoki

Pay: $28 Million

Genres: trap, electro house, EDM, hip hop

Age: 42

Nationality: American

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He was ranked 11th  by DJ mag’s 2018 list of Top 100 DJs. Steve Aoki is an American DJ, musician, record executive and record producer. He has worked with artists such as Iggy Azalea, LMFAO, Lil Jon, BTS among others.

He owns his own record label, Dim Mak Records which he founded in 1996. The label houses many artists including ShayGray, Garmiani, Kenna, Scanners and XTRMST.

Aoki is the founder of Steve Aoki Charitable Fund which supports philanthropic causes.

With $28 Million in annual earnings, Steve Aoki is one of the highest paid djs in the world.

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3. Tiesto

Pay: $33 Million

Genres: electro house, trance, progressive house, deep house, future house, big room house. 

Age: 51

Nationality: Dutch

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Tiesto is a Dutch DJ and record producer and one of the world’s highest paid DJs. The Mix magazine named him the Greatest DJ of All Time.

He’s the owner and founder of Black Hole Recordings.

In 2014, Tiesto won the Grammy Award for the Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his remixed version of “All of Me” by John Legend.

In 2018, Tiesto was ranked at position 8 on the Billboard Dance 100 ranking of dance musicians.

In July 2018, Tiesto released a single titled “Jackie Chan” in which he featured Post Malone, Dzeko, and Preme.

2. The Chainsmokers

Pay: $45.5 Million

Genres: pop, EDM, electropop

Age: Alexander (34), Andrew (30)

Nationality: American

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The chainsmokers is an American DJ and record production duo whose members are Andrew Taggart and Alexander Pall.

The duo which has been active since 2012 gained popularity in 2014 after releasing the track “#Selfie”. The song ranked in the top 20 singles in several nations, leading to their breakthrough.

The Chainsmokers have released several singles including “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Roses” and “Closer”.

They also have two albums; their debut album Memories Do Not Open released in 2017 and Sick Boy, the second album. Memories Do Not Open topped the US Billboard 200 chart.

The duo has won 2 American Music Awards, 7 billboard Music Awards and 1 Grammy Award.

The Chainsmokers are my favorite dj duo.

1.Calvin Harris

Pay: $48 Million

Genres: dance-pop, EDM, electropop, nu-disco, electro house, Eurodance

Age: 36

Nationality: Scottish

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Calvin Harris is currently the world’s highest paid DJ. He’s also a singer, songwriter and record producer. Some of his most famous singles include “Feels”, “This is what you came for”, “We found love”, “Feel so close” and “summer”.

Harris has won a total of 32 awards including 1 Grammy Award, 2 American Music Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards and 2 Brit Awards. He has been nominated for 118 awards. He owns the record label Fly Eye Records.

His 3rd album, 18 months topped the UK Albums charts and was the 1st album to appear on the US Billboard 200 ranking at number 19.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List published in 2015, Calvin was ranked the 30th wealthiest British millionaire in music. He has an estimated net worth of over $150 million.

Calvin Harris has topped the Forbes’ list of the highest paid DJs in the world since 2013.


There you have it. That’s the complete list of the highest paid djs in the world. Here’s a recap:

15. Afrojack

14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

13. Dj Snake

12. Kygo

11. Axwell & Ingrosso

10. Martin Garrix

9. Kaskade

8. David Guetta

7. Diplo

6. Zedd

5. Marshmello

4. Steve Aoki

3. Tiesto

2. The Chainsmokers

1. Calvin Harris

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