◎該調查使用富比世和Billboard提供的音樂人數據，將最富有的音樂人收入與美國勞工統計局所調查的6個職業的平均工資進行比較：工作者的最低薪資是每年15080美元，卡車司機平均年薪是33,450美元，建築工人平均年薪是42,480美元，音樂家平均年薪是56,076美元，註冊護士平均年薪是70,000美元，軟體開發人員平均年薪是103,560美元。今年雖然EDM藝人進到收入排名前30的人數較少，但他們的收入仍然很高，Calvin Harris只要2小時45分鐘就可以賺到一年的最低薪資；The Chainsmokers要賺到建築工人的平均年薪只要花6小時26分鐘；收入排名第一的U2樂團只要7小時41分鐘就獲得了軟體開發人員的平均年薪。
Last year, MIDINation published a study looking at how quickly the world's highest paid musicians made an average salary. The results were staggering, but not too shocking. For example, Calvin Harris made the average truck driver's salary in 2 hours and 43 minutes. This year, MIDINation publishes a new edition of the study, and it looks like the richest musicians just got richer.
The study compares the richest musicians' incomes to an average salary. Using data from Forbes and Billboard for the musicians, the study shows how rich these artists truly are. The study compared those artist incomes to six average salaries from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below are those salaries for comparison:
Minimum wage workers: $15,080/year
Truck drivers: $33,450/year
Construction workers: $42,480/year
Registered nurses: $70,000/year
Software developers: $103,560/year
This year, less EDM artists ranked on the top 30 list, but the results still paint a clear picture. Going back to Calvin Harris, he made a year's worth of minimum wage in two hours and 45 minutes. The Chainsmokers made an average construction worker's salary in just six hours and 26 minutes. U2, the top act on the list, made an average software developer's salary in 7 hours and 41 minutes.
The top 25 musicians made a collective $1.65 billion compared to the $1.58 billion in 2017. It's quite shocking to see how much money these artists make, but at the end of the day... is it really all that surprising?