DJing may seem like the dream job, but it’s also a lot of work. DJs are on their feet, keeping their eye on the crowd and managing the overall mood of the party, staying one step ahead of events, and working closely with the party host or event coordinator to keep the event on the schedule. That’s why the number of hours a DJ is hired to spin 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.
DJs may charge an hourly rate that fluctuates depending on the type of event you are hosting. For example, a DJ may charge $175 per hour for corporate parties and $375 per hour for weddings. Other DJs may have hourly rates that decrease the longer you book them. The initial rate takes into account their operating costs and the time and effort required of them to prepare for your event, drive to your location, and set up. If you book them for more hours, many DJs are able to offer lower hourly rates since they are already on-site with their equipment and ready to party. Here are some examples of how to party length can change average service rates from Seattle DJ Pro in Seattle, Washington:
2-hour prom/high school dance: $599
3-hour prom/high school dance: $799
4-hour prom/high school dance: $999
5- or 6-hour prom/high school dance: $1,199