How much does a DJ cost?

Average cost in 20149: $385 See National


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The average cost for a DJ is $385. You are likely to spend between $245 and $610 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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A DJ typically provides a mobile sound system and plays music as entertainment during an event, such as a wedding, birthday party, corporate event, school dance, graduation party, family reunion, class reunion, anniversary party, engagement party, reception, or any other type of party where tunes are needed. Clients often request musical themes. Common theme requests include pop/rock, hip-hop/rap, country, Top 40, Latin, electronic dance music, oldies, Indian/Bollywood and more. A variety of factors affect the total cost of DJ services.

Wedding DJ

DJ services typically cost more for a wedding than for a regular party or event. Henry Richard of A Touch of Class DJ Service explains that weddings are more work, averaging 15–20 hours of DJ effort, including pre-wedding consultations, working with the timeline and creation of specialized playlists.

DJ equipment

High-tech sound systems can affect the cost of DJ services because more expensive equipment requires a larger investment on the part of the DJ.

Special requests

Requests for obscure music can increase costs—especially if it’s something the DJ does not already own, requiring him or her to download the music or find it elsewhere.


The total cost of DJ services may increase if the DJ is asked to MC the event as well as provide music. Acting as the MC can include announcing activities, being responsible for keeping the event on schedule and more. Some DJs automatically include MC services in the cost of their package, so be sure to ask if this is the case.

Length of event

The number of hours a DJ plays music will affect the cost of services. Many DJs offer packages that include a set number of hours, with flexible pricing to accommodate additional hours.

Size of event

Large weddings and parties can increase the DJ bill if additional speakers, microphones or upgraded sound equipment is required to properly serve the crowd.

Number of DJs

For longer events, more than one DJ may be needed to keep the music going and guests engaged. More people on the job will likely increase the cost of services.

DJ reputation

A well-known or highly sought after DJ will often cost more than a DJ who is just starting out or who is not as well-known.

Additional services

DJ companies offer a range of add-ons, including all types of lighting, temporary dance floors, smoke machines, bubble machines, staging, microphones and more. All of these services, of course, add to the overall cost.


Travel to and from the event site can result in travel fees, increasing the total cost of services.

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Recent reviews

Essen Entertainment "Named #1 Event Service Provider on Thumbtack!!"

JJ, We can't thank you enough. You were prepared, flexible, and helpful. He reminded us what he needed, and was flexible when he got last second requests from us at the wedding. Also he is very cost effective. Would highly recommend JJ.

Big Daddy Outlaw Entertainment

Chris was flexible and willing to travel hours for our event at no additional cost. He also was willing to travel to meet with us months in advance. His response to emails was detailed and helpful yet infrequent. He allowed us to customize our playlist and tell him exactly what songs we wanted to be played and when. He did a great job supplementing our song list with songs that the guests enjoyed. Unfortunately, he did not arrive at the venue at the time we agreed upon which added stress to the ceremony preparation. He was a bit under the weather which affected his demeanor for some of the reception. He was very flexible when we had to change the timing of parts of the reception. His price was extremely reasonable and the service was well-worth the money.

Book Our DJ's

Working with BookOurDJs was a dream! They showed up early for set up, looked dapper and professional, and walked us through every step of the evening. We threw a few curve balls and they performed perfectly! There wasn't a song requested they didn't have and everyone raved about how great our reception music was. I would recommend them for any event, at any cost, but they were hands down the most cost efficient I found. If I could give them 10 stars I would. Thanks guys!! You made our reception over the top!