Forbes Magazine recently reported on the “Electronic Cash Kings” of 2014 and the results—to many—were jaw dropping. That guy who throws cakes all the time netted $23 million, while that guy who eats cakes all the time netted $22 million. David Guetta? $30 million. Calvin Harris? A whopping $66 million. And here I thought all those $60 tickets and headlining slots were just going to charity. As a curious consumer, I was keen to learn what life was like for DJs on the other end of the spectrum.
This year’s lowest paid DJs are:
10. Retail and Restaurant DJs
If you’ve ever been to a Guess, Cactus Club, Abercrombie, or TOPSHOP you’ve likely grooved along with number 10 on our list; the capitalist dogs on top of the local DJ shit list. Retail and restaurant DJs will often (but not always) be an off-duty store employee that totally has a residency and a Traktor S2. Playing one to four times a month and netting $250 to $500 per shift, what they lack in credibility they make up for in store credit.
9. Wedding DJs
Wedding DJs came close to the top this year, citing the ’90s generation as the reason for both their continued success and hatred of their jobs. Compared to Calvin Harris’ $300k per Vegas gig, wedding DJs took a more humble $500 to $750 per gig between Q1 and Q4 this fiscal year. We reached out to a prominent wedding DJ and he was eager to tell us that he “got a bridesmaid’s number” in 2013, though she did not end up texting him back.