Highest-earning DJs in 2019

The Chainsmokers were at the top of the ranking of highest-paid DJs in 2019 with a total income of 46 million U.S. dollars, knocking Calvin Harris off the top spot. The Chainsmokers had an annual income of 46 million U.S. dollars, and were among the highest-paid musicians of 2019. Known for hits including '#Selfie', 'Sick Boy' and 'Honest', the duo frequently collaborate with other artists and have even worked with Coldplay on popular track 'Something Just Like This'.

Also featuring in the list was Tiësto (real name Tijs Michiel Verwest) who worked with The Chainsmokers on 'Split (Only U)'. Fellow dutch DJ Martin Garrix made 19 million U.S. dollars that year, an impressive figure for an artist aged just 23 years old at the time.

Martin Garrix

Garrix was born in Amstelveen in the Netherlands in 1996 and was discovered by Tiësto in 2012, going on to sign with Spinnin’ Records that year. The Dutch DJ and record producer achieved fame for his popular song ‘Animals’, which was released on iTunes in 2013. The song was well-received commercially as well as in the EDM music scene, and the music video has amassed over one billion views on YouTube since its release.

In 2018, the DJ was given the honor of playing live at the closing ceremony of the Pyeonchang 2018 Winter Olympics, performing as the closing act of the night. Garrix has also played at multiple festivals and even done modeling work with Armani Exchange.

Annual income of the highest earning DJs in 2019

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019

Supplementary notes

Estimates are based on pretax earnings, gathered through interviews with industry experts and the artists in the ranking, and do not deduct fees for lawyers, agents or managers.

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