What should I be when I grow up?
A fair question that nearly everyone asks this at some point in their youth. The answer you get back is usually dependent upon who you ask.
If you ask your parents like most kids, they’ll probably say doctor, lawyer, teacher, police officer, or any number of ‘respected’ professions. Either that or they’ll say, “you can be anything you set your mind to.” It’s pretty unlikely that anyone told you when you were a kid that you should be a DJ when you grow up, but based on this Forbes article here, it’s apparently pretty good to be a DJ these days.
The rise of electric dance music has been pretty crazy in recent years. I like it, but it didn’t quite set in how big EDM has gotten until I heard Avicii blaring at the Iowa State Fair this past weekend (the Midwest isn’t usually thought of as a bastion for house music). Between hearing Avicii at the Iowa State fair, seeing pictures of the hundreds of thousands at Electric Daisy Carnival or Ultra Music Festival, and reading the Forbes article, it appears dance music is on the rise, and so are the salaries of the world’s leading DJ’s.
Here are the top 10 highest paid DJ’s of 2013.
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
10. Kaskade – $16 Million