Paris Hilton makes $100k + per hour: ‘I’m one of the top 5 DJs in the world’

Here’s a sobering thought around the holidays: Paris Hilton makes between $100,000 to $350,000 per hour when she does a DJ set. In a recent chat with a paparazzo at LAX, Paris mentioned in her monotone voice that “I’m one of the top five DJs in the world.” TMZ provides a link to Forbes’ top paid DJs, which doesn’t include Paris at this point but probably will soon. In the top five are Calvin Harris at $46 million, Tiësto at $32 million, David Guetta at $30 million, Swedish House Mafia at $25 million, and Deadmaus at $21 million. Chances are high Paris made around $20 million for DJing this year and is using this list as comparison, noting that she’s earning as much as DJs who have worked in the industry for years and are seasoned musicians and producers.

Paris started DJing in the summer of 2012, drawing on her extensive experience dating DJ Afrojack for about a year. (Incidentally Afrojack is at #7 in that Forbes list.) Celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson described Paris Hilton’s entry into the field as similar to her “calling myself a doctor from like reading WebMD twice.”

It doesn’t matter if Paris’ competition doesn’t take her seriously, because she rakes in the dough. She’s not relying on her vast music knowledge or mixing skill to get bodies in the door, it’s all name recognition. TMZ notes that Paris is likely telling the truth about her earnings, because she has a fat contract with a top club in Ibiza, Amnesia, and is headlining at The Bellagio in Las Vegas this New Year’s Eve.

I looked for videos of Paris DJing and apart from one last year in which she seems pretty incompetent, all I could find was this promotional video from the Ibiza club. She’s good at dancing around, I have to say, but it’s telling to me that they put their own track on top of the footage.



Here’s Paris shopping with her sister, Nicky, and their mom, Kathy, on Christmas Eve in Beverly Hills. She’s also shown out in Aspen yesterday (dog sweater) and outside a Jay-Z concert on 12-10 (black outfit). Credit: and FameFlynet

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  1. maria says:

    I wonder if she shares with the people standing at her side behind their own mix tables?

  2. Birdie says:

    You have to give it to her, she knew her time was up with her failed reality show and now she is making millions as a DJ while she doesn’t annoy us in the gossip sites. Win-win, I guess.

  3. GMarchetti says:

    Is it true that she has a lot of STDs? I read that a lot, but I wonder if she really has something, because if she’s a promiscuous person who wears protection, then she’s not “contagious”, as she’s referred of.

    • Kiddo says:

      I don’t care enough about her to know whether she has sexually transmitted diseases, but some diseases go beyond the scope of “protection” and can still be transmitted, just as an FYI.

    • MonicaQ says:

      When she lost her storage locker back in like 2004 maybe (?) it had a prescription for Valtrex in it. Cue the herpes jokes and they have never left.

      • Funtimes18 says:

        That’s why Michael K at dlisted calls her Wonky Valtrex.

        The picture of her on the main page looks just like she did when South Park parodied her in a hilarious episode years ago. They had her come to SP to open her Paris Hilton Store with her perfume, “Skank”, “Stupid Spolied Whore Video Playset” and she had a “Whore-off” with Mr. Garrisons partner. The best!

      • GMarchetti says:

        Thanks for the info, MonicaQ. 😉

        I didn’t know she also lost her storage locker and somebody found that prescription in there. What an idiot, I remember when she had her phone hacked and all the celebrities numbers were leaked – which mostly didn’t even knew her.

        Also thanks to you, Funtimes18! 😉

        I read Dlisted and MK really slams “that stupid bitch” hard – as he would say – and that’s why I constantly associate a STD with P. Hilton. I’m gonna look for the South Park parodies right now…

    • LolaLulu says:

      I think a lot of the rumors about her “rampant stds” were linked to the media slut shaming her when we collectively became sick of her existence as a celebrity…having one doesnt mean you have em’ all. That being said, increasing your star-status from a sex tape doesn’t help public opinion.

      • Emma - the JP Lover says:

        @LolaLulu, who wrote: “That being said, increasing your star-status from a sex tape doesn’t help public opinion.”

        One would think so, but it certainly hasn’t hurt Kim Kardashian.

    • Kat says:

      If she’s smart enough to use protection (the jury’s still out on her overall level of intellect), then she should be fine. That said, there was a hilarious story going around back in ’05 — she’d been caught “forgetting” her panties on several occasions, and the excuse offered was that her gynecologist had advised her to “air that thing out”. I laughed so hard when I read it x-D

    • Shan1983 says:

      If you search the storage l

    • Shan1983 says:

      If you search the storage locker that she never claimed there is a ton of very damning evidence that the new owner posted. Is it all real? Maybe not all, but there was never any major retaliation from her publicly slamming the items as fake. I think there was an actual site devoted to the contents that has since shut down, but suffice it to say any STI this person May or may not have pales in comparison to the other stuff. Medication/scripts for herpes is the least shocking thing that was in there. Really sad actually, though I suppose it just goes to show nothing really seems to have changed…

    • Jag says:

      I thought people started saying she had herpes when the pictures started floating around where she was wearing a skirt and no panties. From what I saw, the woman (whether her or not…could’ve been photoshopped) definitely needed to see a doctor! Then later is when the storage unit and prescription were found. Just the way I remember it anyway.

  4. Thinkaboutit says:

    All of those djs make that kind of money because they actually create and produce and collaborate, they’re not just spinning someone else’s records from their laptop at clubs and parties. They sell out huge arenas and headline the world’s biggest festivals. Paris is, as usual, completely full of shit.

    • Han says:

      Absolutely, the top earning djs don’t just dj, they produce and write music. Calvin Harris, Guetta and Tiesto are more producers and songwriters than anything. A large part of their earnings come from having records out. Plus people like Harris, Tiesto et all tour all the time and play huge festivals for big audiences where it makes sense to pay them that much. It makes no sense in a normal club environment which is what paris does. I think the writer of this article is a bit naive if they take her words at face value. Its hype.

      • bettyrose says:

        I don’t know anything at all about this world, but Tiesto sometimes plays on my Pandora and I usually give him/her/it a thumbs up.

    • Azurea says:

      Huh. Deadmau is worth $21M? He met with my BF because he wanted a huge sculpture of an octopus made to hang from the ceiling of his loft (BF is a sculptor & special effects artist.) He said be couldn’t afford the $100K price.

  5. Mimi says:

    I can’t be mad. If I could get paid like that I’d do it too. At least she is kinda working.

  6. anoneemouse says:

    Epitomy of a legend in her own mind.

  7. MonicaQ says:

    I have nothing to add other than I saw mau5 in Tampa yesterday and it was a good time.

    • Devon says:

      I saw deadmau5 in Vancouver back in 2011 and it was insane. And saw KASKADE in 2010. THOSE are DJs. I’d love to see Calvin Harris.

  8. Ag says:

    I got nothing.

  9. Allie says:

    The only nice thing I have to say: I really like her blazer.

  10. quinn says:

    Wow…Stupid, mean, and unattractive…the continued interest in this one never ceases to amaze me. Lord- it does NOT make me long for 2003 again.

  11. teehee says:

    Well thats according to the measure of numbers rich people measure their supposed worth by their bank accounts. She may be paid a lot per hour but does it translate into great musical talent on her part? Being paid a lot and being talented are two very different things, that our commercial society often confuse with each other.

  12. Han says:

    Its misleading to call her a DJ with Paris it is just a personal appearance fee, people don’t come to hear her djing skills. She just presses play and occasionally speaks to the crowd.
    She is probably exaggerating how much she gets payed too. Its not 2006.

  13. Hootysgram says:

    She looks a lot like her Aunt Kyle…same bird nose and funky mouth. Ugh! They all need to just GO AWAY!!!

  14. GeeMoney says:

    Well, at least she’s doing something “productive” with her free time now.

  15. Eman says:

    I still dont get it how people like Paris and kim katrashian can make millions even though they re so dumb and incompetent. While millions of other PhD graduates and intelligent people cant even find a job. What a world we live in.

    • Nicolette says:

      +1. It’s astounding isn’t it?

    • Tazina says:

      It’s the fame. That’s all you need to be rich and successful. People flock to where she is. It’s all about the name recognition. You don’t have to do much, just show up, spin a few disks and let the money roll in. It does seem horribly unfair when other young people go through hell and high water to get through school and then try and find a job in a dwindling job market. But that’s the shallow and superficial world we live in, where what counts the most is worshipping celebrities and paying to be near them.

    • Ginger says:


    • Anna-fo-Fanna says:

      Riiiiight??? When I read this headline, I thought “Kill me.”

      Whelp, on that cheerful note, off to pay some bills! :\

  16. lucy2 says:

    It sounds like they’re hiring her as sort of a novelty, or for a “celebrity” appearance. It’ll wear off and she’ll go back to clinging desperately to fame. At least she’s kind of doing something, but I just can’t picture that anyone cares to go see her, justifying that high a pay day.

  17. Diane says:

    Not a fan and I doubt she brings in enough people to justify that salary but, unlike her former BFF Kim K, Hilton works. Gotta give it to her.

  18. Dani says:

    I don’t know why I don’t mind her? However, she probably does make that much because she appeals to the younger college generation who like to ‘rave’ and ‘party’ etc. I would see her dj – but that’s because if you look closely there are two guys (one of either side of her) with laptops and headsets, so she’s clearly not doing it alone.

  19. wonderwoman21 says:

    Congrats Paris, youre family’s money bought you what other people work hard for!

    I agree with the above poster that said it’s misleading to say shes being paid as a DJ; it’s more of an appearance fee.

  20. Gina says:

    I’m into a lot of House and Techno music and I was listening to an interview by a famous DJ and he wasn’t too impressed with Paris’ style and even made the comment that she wasn’t being much of a DJ if she copied/mimicked the lyrics instead of having her own style. I’ve not heard too much of her music, maybe one or two songs, to know if she’s actually doing this. He may have been bitter, jealous or spot on. Who knows.

  21. Katie says:

    I saw DJ Scribble once. Remember him?

  22. Jenna says:

    She ALWAYS has to be the center of attention, eh?

  23. Ginger says:

    The only thing I’m getting out of this post is that I’m envious of the those large Chanel shopping bags!

  24. Skye says:

    If you can remember that CONTROL + N creates a new playlist in iTunes, I guarantee you you’re every bit the DJ Parisite is. All you need is a mega-rich family, a creepy night-vision sex tape, and a genetic immunity to shame, and you’ll be makin’ that BANK. Spin it, DJ!

  25. It'sJustBlanche says:

    She looks so much better with those large sunglasses hiding her face. She should wear them constantly.

  26. Adrien says:

    She only attracts crowd in a club because of her celebrity name. She is also paid bigger than veteran djs because of that. So the 100K per hour maybe accurate.
    From what I’ve heard she’s not really that bad but she’s also too safe, unwilling to play random stuff. Celebrity djs like Boy George, Sacha Grey, Alexa Chung are not really held in high regard even if they play a decent set. Everyone wants them to stick to their day job. But Paris is really into it. It is always better to play other people’s songs than sing her own songs. Hey,I love “Stars are Blind”.)

  27. d b says:

    Do DJ’s truly get paid that kind of $$? I’m really asking

    • Skye says:

      If they can attract a crowd and get a club/event in the headlines, it’s worth it. The kind of money that gets dropped in high-end clubs is sickening. A couple hundred-thou to a big name that can put your club on the map? Cost of doing business.

    • Wonk-eyed says:

      Only at big festivals, otherwise at club events, no. They don’t draw in the money like they used to 10-15+ years ago.

      Sasha got paid far less (at his most recent show) and he was huge back in the day. Torro Torro, Dieselboy, Noisia, BSE, etc don’t command nearly as much these days either but their passion is and always about producing beats for their fans.

      P.S. Skrillex is not really considered a DJ but a Producer but he’s got aight DJ skills.

    • d b says:

      @Sky @Wonk-eyed Thank you catching me up 🙂

  28. shellybean says:

    Well at least she is doing something and seems passionate about something. She still loves to go to clubs, so at least she’s making an actual career out of it. I don’t know if she’s any good, but maybe she’ll improve the longer she does it.

  29. Wonk-eyed says:


    She’s pretending to turn knobs and clearly has no clue as to what she’s doing as evidenced by the DJ, on his decks, in the corner, and doing 100% of the work.

    She’s been outed for having an iPod hooked up with no tables turned on at Ibiza.

    She’s a fraud through and through and many well respected DJs, Producers and club/event Promoters despise her.

    Beat matching and mixing takes years and years of practise. Much of it having a natural talent. This bitch has no farcking rhythm and is tone deaf. DJing is more than pretending to turn knobs. What an idiot.

    She’s a disgrace to the EDM community and anyone attending her shows should be quarantined and have their licence to breathe the same aire as the rest of the population, revoked.

  30. Green Is Good says:

    I hope the obviously “paid-off to show up” audience is packing rotten fruits and vegetables to throw in Wonky-Eye’s face. Hard.

  31. Bennu says:

    Um….how about Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Paul van Dyk, Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, Hardwell, Avcii….I could seriously list more djs that probably make more money than she does. Piss off, Paris. Go “press play” elsewhere. There are SO many other djs that are better than she could ever DREAM of ever being & this is just an insult to their music/art. Sorry, I see legitimate djs work their asses off getting promoters, gigs, etc & just because she has the money to blow she gets it ALL handed to her & it makes me sick.