How Much Do K-POP Idols Earn Money In A Year?

Top 10 Highest Earning K-POP Female Groups

1. JYP Entertainment – TWICE


TWICE are on the rise since debut with Ohh-Ahh and have now comeback with Signal earning millions a year. J.Y Park, JYP Entertainment’s owner invested $420.000 dollar for their debut and the now TWICE is in the top 3 girl groups. TWICE earned $1,45 million a year and have been the main asset of the agency especially from their album and merchandise sales. With the cute packaging and cute merchandise a lot of their fans buy it although the price is almost 200.000 won for one item of merchandise.

2. SM Entertainment – Girl’s Generation


Legend girl group from SM Entertainment, Girl’s Generation or SNSD be the other main asset for the agency. From one concernt tour they earnt $22,3 million from their Phantasia concert and in Girl’s Peace –  Japan Tour where they earnt $21,5 million, The Japan Arena Tour they earnt $14,98 million, and Girls and Peace World Tour they earnt $14,97 million. Girl’s Generation contributed 80% of the income from SM Entertainment earning more than $44,4 billion in a year. Concert tours were the biggest income for them.

3. YG Entertainment – 2NE1


Since debut until they disbanded, 2NE1 is the one girl group from YG that have biggest income for the agency. They earnt more than $41 billion in a year from concerts, albums,and the other sales. Since Minzy left 2NE1 they have continued their career with only three members.

4. YG Entertainment – BLACKPINK


Netizens always said Blackpink is the new generation of 2NE1 and in fact since their debut with Boombayah until the new song As If It’s Your Last they have been YG’s newest girl group asset after 2NE1. In a year they can earn around $25,3 million.

5. YMC Entertainment – IOI


The girl group was formed through the survival show Produce 101 season 1, debuted with 11 members in 2016 and the title of the debut song is Dream Girls. Produce 101, a viral survival show, which is about 101 survival training, choose 11 members to debut and contract for 1 year. After 1 year I.O.I earnt around 100 billion won, 2,5 billion won from advertisements, 30 million won from photo shoots, and 1,2 billion won from digital charts and their individual schedules totaling 100 billion won.

6. STARSHIP Entertainment – SISTAR


Since their debut until before they disbanded SISTAR was the biggest income stream for STARSHIP. From concerts, albums, showcases, fanmeetings, and merchandise sales in a year they could earn around $23 billion. Now after SISTAR’s disbandment STARSHIP’s stock has gone down and their income is now from MONSTA X. Soyou and Dasom are still a part of STARSHIP meanwhile Bora moved to other agency and Hyolyn started to make new agency with her name.

7. SM Entertainment – F(x)


Before Sulli choose to leave F(x), F(x) was one of the biggest income streams for the agency with $4,4 million a year and with their individual schedules they earnt more than $5 million a year. But now SM Entertainment still focus on the individual schedule of F(x) and trying to find the the perfect timing for them to comeback. F(x)’s last comeback was with 4 Walls.

8. Core Contents Media – T-Ara


Starting with five members they debuted with Good Person as an OST of Korean Drama, two members – Jiwon and Jiae are no longer in the group, leaving four members Bora, Qri, Soyeon, Hwayoung in T-Ara. In a year they earn around $35 billion, but until now four members are still in the group T-Ara – Qri, Eunjung, Jiyeon, and Hyomin.

9. CUBE Entertainment – 4MINUTE


Before their disbandment from CUBE Entertainment, 4MINUTE earned $26 billion a year with albums, showcases, fan meetings, and individual schedules. But now after 4MINUTE’s disbandment the other members are focusing on their solo careers and some of them are still under CUBE Entertainment.

10. Daesung Entertainment ( DSP ) – KARA


The girl group that debuted in 2007 is the biggest income for DSP Entertainment, they can earn around $31 billion a year. Their success with concerts in Japan have seen more than 200.000 people attend.