How Much Do Electronic Music Producers Make?

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


A comprehensive guide on how much electronic music producers make, featuring insight from top producers in the industry.


Electronic music producers make an average of $35,000 per year, but can earn significantly more with experience and success. Many producers work freelance, which can lead to a variable income. Producers who are able to land high-paying gigs or who have a successful record label can earn much more than the average salary.

The Different Tiers of Electronic Music Producers

There are three different tiers that electronic music producers can fall into. The first tier is the entry-level producers who are just starting out. These producers typically make less than $10,000 per year. The second tier is the mid-level producers who have been in the business for a few years. These producers usually make between $10,000 and $50,000 per year. The third tier is the top-level producers who have been in the business for many years. These producers usually make more than $50,000 per year.

‘Bedroom Producers’

The lowest rung on the electronic music producer totem pole is what’s known as a ‘bedroom producer’. These are people who use inexpensive or even free software to make music in their spare time with no real intention of ever making any money from it. They just enjoy the creative process and perhaps sharing their music with friends or online.

Local DJs

As a local DJ, you can expect to make an average of $50-$100 per gig. If you are playing at a smaller venue, you will likely be on the lower end of that range. If you are playing at a larger venue or if you have a particularly strong following, you can expect to be on the higher end. Some DJs also charge an hourly rate, which can range from $30-$100 per hour.

International DJs

International DJs are the highest-paid electronic music producers in the world. They can make anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million per gig, and some of them even make more than that. The most popular international DJs include Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, and Tiesto.

The Various Income Streams for Electronic Music Producers

Record Sales

Record sales are the most traditional form of income for electronic music producers. In the past, producers would typically sign a record deal with a label and then receive a percentage of the sales from each album or single that was released. These days, with the advent of digital download platforms like iTunes and Beatport, producers are often able to release their music independently and keep 100% of the sales. This can be a very profitable way to make money as an electronic music producer, although it does require a significant amount of promotion and marketing in order to reach a large audience.

Live Gigs

While many electronic music producers make the majority of their income from record sales and licensing deals, live gigs can also be a significant income stream.

Producers who have established themselves as live performers can command high fees for their appearances. The top tier of artists in this genre can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per gig, while those at the lower end of the spectrum may only make a few thousand dollars per show.

Artists who are able to consistently book high-paying gigs can earn a very comfortable living from their live performance fees alone. For many producers, though, live gigs are simply a way to supplement their other income sources.

Merchandise Sales

Merchandise sales are a fantastic way to make some extra income as an electronic music producer. There are a few different ways that you can go about setting up merchandise sales, but the most common is to simply sell t-shirts, hats, and other branded merchandise through your website or online store. This is a great way to promote your brand and make some extra money, but it’s important to remember that you’ll need to put in some effort to design attractive merchandise and market it effectively.


Sponsorships are one of the most common ways that electronic music producers make money. Many brands are willing to sponsor events or individual artists in order to get their name out there and be associated with a certain image. For example, a clothing brand might sponsor a DJ who appeals to a young, fashion-conscious audience. In return for the sponsorship, the DJ will wear the brand’s clothes and promote the brand to their fans. Sponsorships can be a great way to get free gear and merchandise, as well as extra income.


In summary, we found that the majority of electronic music producers make between $10,000 and $50,000 per year. The average income for producers was $21,183, with a median income of $15,000. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these figures are based on a small sample size and may not be representative of the electronic music producer population as a whole.

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