How Much Do DJs Make? Booking Fees Revealed

How Much Do DJs Make? Booking Fees Revealed

Calvin Harris is one of the highest paid DJs, according to Forbes

 

How Much Do DJs Make?

Ever wonder how much it would cost to book your favorite DJ? Well, here are some estimates according to Degy Entertainment, a booking agency that handles acts from all genres.  It breaks down everyone’s festival rate from De La Soul to Madonna, and there are plenty of EDM acts sprinkled in all tiers.

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By no means are these firm figures, as a lot comes into play when booking these acts. There are also some discrepancies between rates on agencies- so consider these “ballpark”. Here are some samples of the upper tier-

$100K And Up

Avicii $150-$200k+
Axwell $100K+
Bassnectar $100- $150k+
Calvin Harris $150K+
deadmau5 $200 – $250K+
David Guetta $150 – $250K+
Redfoo $100 – $150k+
Kaskade $100K+
Pretty Lights $150K+
Sebastian Ingrosso $100K+
Tiesto $200 – $400K+

$50K – $100K

Afrojack $75-$100K+
Alesso $85- $125K+
Krewella $50 – $75K+
Steve Aoki $50- $75K+

It looks like the most of the DJs are in the $1k to 30K range, so not exactly the “bags of money” that the recent SNL skit depicted – unless you’re Harris, Guetta, or the mau5. And at least, according to this data, Paris Hilton is not available for touring. We think she might be taking some time off to hit the studio like most good DJs/producers do. All jokes aside, for the most part these fees seem to make sense.  They also somewhat explain the rising cost of tickets: if you have a few major headlining DJs, that overhead can add up really quick.

P.S. Here’s a short story: “DJ” Pauly D is asking $40K-$60K; Nickleback $350 – $500K. A word to whoever books Coachella, don’t go getting any ideas… please!

Via: Priceonomics

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  • Zach Jacobs

    Bassnectar deserves more.

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  • Frank

    illuminatus!

  • John Arpino

    What about Armin? I would think he would be in the top bracket too

  • henry landivar

    Krewella,
    Steve Aoki
    Pauly D
    Nickleback, aren’t worth 5 fucking cents!

  • aa

    how the fuck redfoo is 100K.. what is he done for music besides pop crap?

    • Danny VeLz

      That’s what I was saying! When I saw that I shouted, “RED FOO?!?!” LMAO

      • Josh

        *LMFAO

    • akshay

      party rock anthem
      i’m sexy and i know it
      rediculus
      chamagne showers

      he is worth a 100k

      • DJ_SempreNovember

        It is a shame that you think that is music. True music is about emotion not sex and drugs. I look down upon our nation of youth at times.

  • aa

    how the fuck redfoo is 100K.. what is he done for music besides pop crap?

  • Rissa Garcia

    Please don’t call them djs thanks :)

    • Zack Martin

      Why not thats what they are?

  • Clint

    How is Steve Aoki a dj? He is a professional clown, not a dj

  • Larose Royce

    It seem “pushing buttons” can really get you further than having real talent!

    • Marc_elli22

      They don’t get paid just to push play. Every single one of these people on the list above produced their own music. People who press play are the ones who have never produced a track themselves and therefore are the ones getting paid to press play. The ignorance is real

      • James

        the ignorance is real.

        that’s funny because i can tell you that pretty much every “DJ” on this list has hired help etc.
        they will not have made 100% of their music.

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  • MusicMusic MusicMusic

    steve aoki is disgusting

  • iyana_444

    listen to flume

  • GeoffEDM

    these are all bloated if they are truly annualized