Top 5 Highest Paid DJs in Las Vegas

Top 5 Highest Paid DJs in Las Vegas

10 May 2013 | 10:14 Author: Rex, Vegas

If you're looking for a reason to say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” during your trip to Sin City, you have a few options.

You can go the high-roller route and hit the tables, gambling thousands of bucks, and then follow up with a “Hangover” kind of night. Or you can save a few bucks and put yourself in the hands of one of these guys for a night you won't forget either.

Thier job is exactly that - to make you dance, jump and sweat your stress out in a way you wouldn't imagine is possible.

Based on the money they make, and the tens of thousands of people they drag to the floor to worship them, it might be a sign they know how to take you into a new realm of experience.

Vinyl enthusiast Andrea Domanick, a reporter at the Las Vegas Sun, knows what partying in Vegas means. She recently went around the local DJ scene to sort out who the true party heroes are that make Vegas live up to expectations as the #1 entertainment city in the world.

#5. Steve Hiroyuki Aoki

Born in Miami in 1977, Steve Aoki is the son of former Japanese wrestler and founder of Benihana restaurants chain Hiroaki Aoki.

After finding his way into the musical industry thanks to Dim Mak Records (which he founded himself back in 1996), Aoki is considered one of the most talented Djs in the world and has worked together with internationally acclaimed artists including Bloc Party, The Kills and Infected Mushroom.

Those willing to discover what it means to have Aoki at the console can find him at the Wynn, where he is one of the resident Djs.

As for his salary, according to Forbes Aoki piled up over 200 gigs in 2012 and earned something like USD $12 million.

#4. David Guetta

By far the most known (and probably commercial) on this list, Parisian David Guetta is an icon in today’s DJ scene.

Around the music scene since the ‘80s, Guetta has managed to sell over six million albums and over 15 million singles all over the world. In 2012 he earned something like USD $13.5 million thanks to his gigs and his undeniable talent.

A father of two and married to a night club manager, David Guetta is one of the resident DJs at the Wynn properties along with Aoki.

#3. Swedish House Mafia

Another bit of Europe hitting the stage on the Las Vegas club scene, Swedish House Mafia hail from Stockholm and started performing only in 2008.

Named “the faces of progressive house music” by EDM Lounge, the now-defunct Swedish House Mafia officially included Sebastian Ingrosso, Axwell and Steve Agnello but also featured other artists as Tinie Tempah (Miami 2 Ibiza), Pharrell Williams (One) and Usher (Euphoria).

The three DJs together earned something like USD $14 million in 2012 and can still be found performing “solo” in Las Vegas in 2013.

Agnello is going to be a regular at XS and at the Encore Beach Club during the coming summer while Ingrosso is slated to become resident DJ at Light Vegas, the new super club opening in May at Mandalay Bay.

#2 Skrillex

Getting his start in the post-hardcore band “From First to Last," Sonny John Moore (his real and lesser-known name) made the cover of Alternative Press as one of the Top 100 bands you need to know.

Nominated for 5 Grammy Awards, the former punk kid who started off his DJ-ing career by giving away his work for free from his MySpace page is now a serious money-machine able to make USD $15 million in 2012 according to Forbes.

After having spent some time animating the floor of Surrender and XS, Skrillex is going to join Sebastian Ingrosso (former Swedish House Mafia) at the soon-to-open Light Vegas.

#1 Tiësto

Tiësto, or Tijs Michiel Verwest – if you can pronounce that – is a Dutch DJ who today is making something like $250K USD per gig according to Pollstar.

Seriously committed to philanthropic activities, Tiësto is the official worldwide ambassador of Dance4Life - a foundation active in HIV and AIDS awareness promotion – and often performs for free at fundraising events.

Nevertheless, the great success he's achieved over the years brought him to earn something around USD $22 million in 2012 thanks to gigs around the world.

In a recent interview in Rolling Stone Tiësto explained that he thinks 2013 is going to be the best year for top DJs in Las Vegas and that he is going to devote himself to Sin City for at least the next couple of years.

Those interested in seeing what it's like to dance to the sounds of a USD $250k/night DJ can head to Hakkasan, the club he just signed a residency contract for.

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