Another year, another Forbes list! While this years list remains pretty similar in terms of who made it on to the list as compared to 2017, the order isn't exactly the same. Other than the fact that the top spot still belongs to the undisputed top-earning DJ for six years in a row, surprise surprise, Calvin Harris!  

Explaining on what is factored into the calculations here, Forbes explains, "Our list of the world’s highest-paid DJs ranks electronic acts around the globe using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for lawyers, agents and managers. Estimates are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, Bandsintown and Songkick, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves."

While Scottish phenomenon, superstar DJ and Producer Calvin Harris sits pretty on top with earning of $48 million, The Chainsmokers knocked down Tiesto to grab the second position with a close $45.5 million getting in about a 100 shows in the duration! At the third and fourth position with $33 million and $28 million respectively are veterans from the industry Tiesto and Steve Aoki. Next up, Marshmello sprang from #8 in 2017 to the top 5, at #5 this year not just with all his touring but also accredited to his successful YouTube series' he's been developing. 

Also on the list are regulars like David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and Zedd but also Kaskade coming in at #9. 

While the overall amount raked in by the  Top 10 falls short as compared to 2017 due to a number of factors, Forbes accredits it mainly to maturation and somewhat plateauing of the electronic live music market. Explaining this further they said, "All in all, the top 10's $260 million haul fell a bit short of last year's $298 million, partly due to the maturation — and, some would say, plateauing — of the live electronic music market. Other factors, such as Skrillex's decision to have a quiet year by his standards after earning $30 million in 2017, impacted the total tally."

Here's a lowdown on the Top 15 Highest-Paid DJ's of 2018 - 

1. Calvin Harris – $48 Million

2. The Chainsmokers – $45.5 Million

3. Tiësto – $33 Million

4. Steve Aoki – $28 Million

Recommended Articles

NGHTMRE - SMF 2021 - BRPHOTOCO 5

NGHTMRE Drops Shimmering Remix of ILLENIUM and Matt Maeson's "Heavenly Side"

The "Fallen Embers" single has received a major rework from NGHTMRE, transforming the track into a future bass jam.

marshmello ray volpe

Marshmello Drops Unreleased Dubstep Collab With Ray Volpe at Lollapalooza 2021

The masked dance music star opened his performance with the heavy track.

MV5BODcwNTMyNjEtMTVlMi00ODk2LTg0NTEtZTA3YzQ4NGI1MGZkXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNzQwMzAwNTI@._V1_

DCUP Shares Firsthand Success Story Behind Creation of "We No Speak Americano"

The song's iconic saxophone hook, originally positioned in the outro, nearly became an afterthought.

5. Marshmello – $23 Million

6. Zedd – $22 Million

7. Diplo – $20 Million

8. David Guetta – $15 Million

9. Kaskade – $13.5 Million

10. Martin Garrix – $13 Million

11. Axwell Λ Ingrosso – $12 Million

12. Kygo – $11.5 Million

13. DJ Snake – $11 Million

14. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – $10.5 Million

15. Afrojack – $10 million

Related

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris, Tiesto and The Chainsmokers Pave their Way Into the 2017 Forbes’ Highest Paid Celebrities List!

No surprises here! Yet again, this Scottish hitmaker has made it to the Forbes list of the Highest Paid Celebrities for 2017!

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris Dethroned in Forbes' Highest-Paid DJs of 2019 List

Following six years at #1, Calvin Harris has been declared 2019's #3 highest-earning DJ in the world.

Marshmello Chainsmokers

Marshmello and The Chainsmokers Land On Forbes' 2020 "Highest Paid Celebrities" List

Dance music is well represented on Forbes' 2020 list of the highest paid celebrities.

Black-and-white photo of late Swedish DJ/producer Avicii A.K.A. Tim Bergling.

2018: The Year in EDM

These 20 stories defined electronic dance music over the past 12 months.

Forbes under 30 Music Fest

Marshmello to Headline Forbes Under 30 Music Festival Along with Russ and Butterscotch

After making it onto the Forbes list of Highest paid DJ's, Marshmello now has the honor to close out the Forbes Under 30 Summit Music Festival in Boston!

The-Chainsmokers-press-photo-by-Danilo-Lewis-2018-billboard-1548

Forbes Announces The Chainsmokers, 21 Savage and Normani for 2019 Under 30 Summit

The Chainsmokers, 21 Savage, and Normani will kick off the 2019 Forbes Under 30 Summit’s Music Festival at Detroit’s iconic Masonic Temple.