So the age old question: How Much Do DJs make? First you need to know what kinds of DJs there are. Each type of DJ makes a different salary.
TYPES OF DJS
There are 4 main types of DJ categories:
1) Mobile Disc Jockey – which are Djs who perform at private events such as weddings, receptions, and more. Their work ranges from doing background music for cocktail hours to Open Format DJing during the dancefloor.
2) Radio Disc Jockey – DJs who host and play music on the radio. Usually these DJs do not “mix”. They just play the music one after another.
3) Club Disc Jockey – DJs who are good at a specific genre for the club venue. They mix songs to keep people dancing.
4) Producer/ DJ – DJs who not only know how to mix but record their mashups. These DJs usually create “mixtapes” which are compilations of their mashups and sell these remixes.
HOW DO THEY GET PAID
Mobile DJ (Business Owner)
Mobile DJs are usually paid directly from their clients. They can be paid using cash, check, and credit cards.Many Mobile DJs own their own businesses in the form of an LLC or Coporation. As such, the payment should go to their business bank account.
For any freelance Mobile DJs who are doing a few parties a year – We recommend working as a “sole proprietorship:” business. This will allow you to accept payments directly which you can deposit in your personal bank account.
Radio DJs have to be hired by a radio station and are paid as regular employees. Radio DJs can also get some extra bonuses such as concert tickets, or promotional vacations.
Many Radio DJs build their careers starting as private mobile DJs, or club DJs. They gain popularity by starting as private DJs and then apply to work on radio stations.
Club DJs are like a mix between mobile DJs and radio DJs. They perform at nightclub events on weekends and can be paid in different ways. Here is a list of some ways Night Club DJs can be compensated:
1) Per Head Payment – In this arrangement the DJ negotiates a rate with the club owner. The DJ would get a flat payment for every guest that comes to the nightclub.
This method is often popular with smaller nightclubs.
2) Hourly Payment – Nightclubs generally have a rotating line of DJs that will play music. So different DJs would be playing at different times throughout the night. On average a DJ usually plays 2 hours in night at a club.
3) Flat Payment – Nightclub owners will pay the DJ a flat amount to play per night. This method is ideal for payment.
4) Producer DJs – These DJs focus on making mashups, remixes, and original beats. These DJs often promote their music on paid platforms like mixcloud.com. On this website they can price their music at any amount they want.
HOW MUCH DO THEY GET PAID?
According to research by payscale the average salary of a DJ is $32.50.
Based on their survey disc jockeys make an average hourly rate that is significantly higher than most other professions. DJing also scored very high on job satisfaction.
Here is some information as to where this information was surveyed from:
“Radio stations now often use centralized network programming transmitted by satellite or the Internet, so most DJs work at music clubs, special events, and parties, especially for weddings and similar private occasions.”
“Most disc jockeys tend to work as self-employed freelancers, making themselves known and available to party and wedding planners.”
Specifically, the pay scale article surveyed many mobile disc jockeys. So we did some more research and found out a more specific number on how much mobile disc jockeys can make. Here is a quote from the American DJ Association website regarding private event Disc Jockeys:
“Rates for the DJ industry vary greatly, ranging from $350.00 to over $5,000.00 with an average of $1,200.00 for a 4 hour booking.” – American DJ Association
Depending on the type of Disc Jockey you aspire to be – you will be getting paid differently. Based on the research by PayScale Mobile and Club Disc jockeys are two of the highest paid professions with an average of $32.50 per hour.
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