Here's How Much The 4 Biggest K-Pop Companies Earned In 2018

BTS's parent company, Big Hit Entertainment, topped the list
By Pakkee Tan 02 Jul, 2019 8:28 AMTags
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If you follow K-pop, chances are that most of your favourite groups fall under one of these four big entertainment companies: Big Hit Entertainment, SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment.

And, as enjoyable as K-pop is, it's still a business at the end of the day — and these companies are bringing in serious cash. According to South Korea's Financial Supervisory Service, the combined earnings of all four entertainment companies hit approximately US$1 billion in 2018. 

According to the report, leading the pack in terms of revenue was SM Entertainment, who brought in around US$518 million, followed by YG Entertainment who earned about US$243 million. In third place was Big Hit Entertainment, the parent company of mega boy band BTS and their newly launched rookie group TXT, who raked in around US$192 million, while JYP came in fourth with earnings of around US$107 million.

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But in terms of profit earned, Big Hit was undisputedly in pole position, according to Statista. With only two boy bands signed to their company, Big Hit earned around US$67 million in profit, while SM took home approximately US$44 million, JYP earned about US$25 million, and YG earned close to US$10 million.

The report went on to break down the average salary of an employee, the average manager's salary, and the average salary of a new employee in in each of the entertainment companies. Generally, SM Entertainment spent a slightly higher amount on each of these salaries as compared to the other three companies.

Check out all the earnings here.