The World's Highest-Paid DJs Will Destroy Your Faith In Humanity

It's Friday afternoon. Feeling good? Excited for the weekend? That's nice. Let's look at this list of men who make giant bags of money to play pre-recorded tracks in public and see if you still feel that way.

Earlier this week, Forbes released its second-annual compilation of Electronic Cash Kings. Even though we buy the line that DJs are working artists, holy shit, these guys' salaries have ballooned. Last year, Dutch superstar Tiësto topped off the list with an estimated income of $22 million; this year, he's earning $10 million more, but finishes second behind the $46 million brought in by Scottish producer Calvin Harris. Skrillex's ranking has dropped from second to ninth-tied place, but not because America's dubstep demigod is earning less—his peers are just raking in so much more. According to Forbes' own methodology, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, and Avicii have all nearly doubled their income within a year. Even if these increases come from production revenue, that's still a lot of cash.

Compare and contrast the rising cost of OONTZ:

2013

1. Calvin Harris ($46 million)
2. Tiesto ($32 million)
3. David Guetta ($30 million)
4. Swedish House Mafia ($25 million)
5. Deadmau5 ($21 million)
6. Avicii ($20 million)
7. Afrojack ($18 million)
8. Armin van Buuren ($17 million)
9 (tie). Skrillex ($16 million)
9 (tie). Kaskade ($16 million)
11. Steve Aoki ($14 million)
12. DJ Pauly D ($13 million)
13. Diplo ($13 million)

2012

1. Tiesto ($22 million)
2. Skrillex ($15 million)
3. Swedish House Mafia ($14 million)
4. David Guetta ($13.5 million)
5. Steve Aoki ($12 million)
6. Deadmau5 ($11.5 million)
7. DJ Pauly D ($11 million)
8. Kaskade ($10 million)
9. Afrojack ($9 million)
10. Avicii ($7 million)

[Forbes via High Snobiety // Pauly D photo by Getty Images / Janette Pellegrini]

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