Average Salary: $38,200
Expected Lifetime Earnings: $1,595,000
You're not doing it for the money, are you? Really? You aren't the free spirit type, who just wants to spread good energy to the masses? That's what we thought. Okay this is how much you can make:
Radio deejays earn just under $20 an hour. Don't forget to pay your taxes and find medical insurance. You might be better off as a part-time employee with a club, though you should angle for the gigs that pay based on ticket or liquor sales.
Events like wedding and private parties can pay anywhere from $500 to $2,500 a pop. At the height of your career, when you're super famous, like most-favorite-in-the-galaxy-famous, you can pull down millions. The average is only about $20,000 a year. That's a lot of Hot Pockets and Bulltinis. Keep your day or freelance job as graphic designer, a bartender, a waitstaffer, a bill collector, a telemarketer, or anything else you can stand long enough to cash the check and buy more music and skinny pants.
One of the best ways to put some Benjamins in your Ben Shermans, some tinsel in your Timberlands, some lettuce in your Louis V wallet… is to compete. First prize for the biggest online DJ competition is an all-expense paid trip to London for The DMC World DJ Finals and about $10,000 in equipment. There are awards which bring infamy and smaller competitions at the World Music Contest in Florida, the International Dance Music Awards, DJ Mag poll awards, all over, with prizes like guest sets, exposure, full-time gigs, and, sadly, not much cash. Do it because you love it. Where else can you compete and everyone wins?