What is the Average DJ Cost?

Average DJ Costs in North American from the DJ Entertainment experts at 1-800-DISC JOCKEY.  

Mobile DJs are hired to perform at all kinds of events from weddings to Bar Mitzvahs, school dances to clubs, corporate gatherings to birthday parties, etc.  While their fees vary depending on their experience, skill level and the nature of the event they are performing at, a rough estimate can be calculated based on the following averages:


Wedding DJ:  $100-$300 per hour based on the length of the reception, the distance they will need to travel, the quality of their equipment, special services and unique skill sets required, such as uplighting and fluency in multiple languages, and how far in advance you book them.


Birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs and Private Event DJs:  $100-$300 per hour – Exactly what you’d expect to pay for a wedding DJ and based on similar parameters.


School Dance DJ:  $1000-$1200 for the entire event with additional costs for uplighting, photo booths and responsible DJ certification from the School Dance Network.


Club DJ:  $250 for a two-hour set – This number varies wildly based on the popularity of the performing DJ.  Needless to say, headlining DJs can expect to make the most, with some highly acclaimed DJs earning well over $500 per hour.


Corporate Event DJ: $100-$300 per hour based on similar parameters to that of hiring a wedding DJ with higher fees demanded for special services like giving speeches, narrating slide show presentations or videos and speaking in multiple languages.


Karaoke DJ: $100-$200 per hour with the cost depending almost entirely on the event or venue they are booked to perform at, the quality of their karaoke equipment, the size of the crowd they’ll be working with and the catalog of songs they have to offer.


Trivia Night Host: $150-$200 per night based on the size of the crowd and the DJs ability to adlib and inject their own unique blend of wit and humor.


As it is with any other professional service, the more you pay for a DJ, the more likely you are to hire one of the most professional, reliable and talented disc jockeys in the business.  Start your search for a great one now by consulting reputable talent agencies representing DJs in your area.


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