Top 15 World’s Highest-Paid DJs 2019: The Chainsmokers No. 1

The Chainsmokers land No 1 among the Top 15 World’s Highest-Paid DJs 2019.

Even with that massive haul, Marshmello isn’t the highest-paid electronic act in the world—that honor goes to the Chainsmokers, who garnered $46 million in pretax income over the past year. The duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall top our annual Electronic Cash Kings list with their biggest earnings year yet, dethroning Calvin Harris after six consecutive years at No. 1.
Top 15 World’s Highest-Paid DJs 2019: The Chainsmokers No. 1

Over the past year, the Chainsmokers performed at the XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club as part of a three-year residency with Wynn Nightlife announced in 2017 (and recently extended until 2021). In between Vegas gigs, the duo played a multitude of festivals and private shows, pulling in mid six-figure sums per night. Their yearly total also factors in endorsements and recorded music sales.

Content Highlight of the 15 World’s Highest-Paid DJs 2019

  • The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
  • Marshmello ($40 million)
  • Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)
  • Steve Aoki ($30 million)
  • Diplo ($25 million)
  • Tiësto ($24 million)
  • Martin Garrix ($19 million)
  • David Guetta ($18 million)
  • Zedd ($17 million)
  • Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
  • Kaskade ($14 million)
  • Skrillex ($13 million)
  • Alesso ($12.5 million)
  • Afrojack ($12 million)
  • DJ Snake ($11.5 million)
1. The Chainsmokers ($46 million)
The Chainsmokers ($46 million)

The Chainsmokers are an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alexander "Alex" Pall and Andrew "Drew" Taggart. They started out by releasing remixes of songs by indie artists. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song "#Selfie", which became a top twenty single in several countries.

2. Marshmello ($40 million)
Marshmello ($40 million)

Christopher Comstock, known professionally as Marshmello, is an American electronic music producer and DJ. He first gained international recognition by releasing remixes of songs by American DJ duo Jack Ü and Russian-German DJ Zedd.

3. Calvin Harris ($38.5 million)

Adam Richard Wiles, known professionally as Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his singles "We Found Love", "This Is What You Came For", "Summer", "Feel So Close", and "Feels".

4. Steve Aoki ($30 million)
Steve Aoki ($30 million)

Steven Hiroyuki Aoki (/eɪˈoʊki/; born November 30, 1977) is an American musician, DJ, record producer and music executive. In 2012, Pollstar designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America from tours.

He has collaborated with artists such as will.i.am, Afrojack, LMFAO, Linkin Park, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, blink-182, Laidback Luke, BTS, Monsta X, Louis Tomlinson, Rise Against, Vini Vici, Lauren Jauregui, and Fall Out Boy and is known for his remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi.

Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums as well, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. He is the founder of the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, which raises money for global humanitarian relief organizations.

5. Diplo ($25 million)
Diplo ($25 million)

Thomas Wesley Pentz, known professionally as Diplo, is an American DJ, songwriter, and record producer based in Los Angeles, California.

6. Tiësto ($24 million)
Tiësto ($24 million)

Tijs Michiel Verwest OON, better known by his stage name Tiësto, is a Dutch DJ and record producer from Breda. He was named "the Greatest DJ of All Time" by Mix magazine in a poll voted by the fans. In 2013, he was voted by DJ Mag readers as the "best DJ of the last 20 years".

7. Martin Garrix ($19 million)
Martin Garrix ($19 million)

Martijn Gerard Garritsen, professionally known as Martin Garrix, is a Dutch DJ and record producer from Amstelveen. His most known singles are "Animals", "In the Name of Love", and "Scared to be Lonely". He was ranked number one on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for three consecutive years.

8. David Guetta ($18 million)
David Guetta ($18 million)

Pierre David Guetta is a French DJ, music programmer, record producer and songwriter. He has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide. In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.

9. Zedd ($17 million)
Zedd ($17 million)

Anton Zaslavski, known professionally as Zedd, is a Russian-German record producer, DJ, singer and songwriter. He primarily produces and performs electro house music, but has diversified his genre and musical style, drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep, and classical music.

10. Armin van Buuren ($15 million)
Armin van Buuren ($15 million)

Armin Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren OON is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer from South Holland. Since 2001, he has hosted A State of Trance, a weekly radio show, which is broadcast to nearly 40 million listeners in 84 countries on over 100 FM radio stations.

11. Kaskade ($14 million)
Kaskade ($14 million)

Ryan Gary Raddon, better known by his stage name Kaskade, is an American DJ, record producer and remixer. DJ Times voted Kaskade "America's Best DJ" in 2011 and 2013". DJ Mag named Kaskade fifty-first on its 2009 list of Top 100 DJs.

12. Skrillex ($13 million)
Skrillex ($13 million)

Sonny John Moore, known professionally as Skrillex, is an American record producer, DJ, musician, singer and songwriter.

13. Alesso ($12.5 million)
 Alesso ($12.5 million)

Alessandro Lindblad, commonly known by his stage name Alesso, is a Swedish DJ and record producer. Alesso is managed by John Shahidi of Shots Studios. He has worked with numerous artists, including Tove Lo, Theo Hutchcraft, Ryan Tedder, Hailee Steinfeld, Calvin Harris, Usher, David Guetta and Sebastian Ingrosso.

14. Afrojack ($12 million)
Afrojack ($12 million)

Nick van de Wall, professionally known as Afrojack, is a Dutch DJ, music programmer, record producer and remixer from Spijkenisse. In 2007, he founded the record label Wall Recordings; his debut album Forget the World was released in 2014.

15. DJ Snake ($11.5 million)
DJ Snake ($11.5 million)

William Sami Étienne Grigahcine, known professionally as DJ Snake, is a French DJ and record producer from Paris. DJ Snake debuted into the international scene with singles "Bird Machine" and "Turn Down for What" in 2013. "Bird Machine" is a collaboration with fellow French musician Alesia.

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