For all its associations with rural America and working class life, country music is actually a pretty big business. So naturally, some musicians working in the genre can often expect to take home large paychecks – and you may be surprised by how much these down-to-earth singers really make.
30. Sam Hunt – $3 Million
Sam Hunt broke out onto the country music scene reasonably recently. In 2017 Forbes named him a "breakout superstar" primarily for his single "Body Like A Back Road," which went triple platinum. As of 2022, Hunt has put out three records. While "Body Like A Back Road" remains his most famous song — it was number 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for 25 consecutive weeks — Hunt continues to make music and has given no indication of slowing down.
29. Chris Stapleton - $12 Million
Though Chris Stapleton is a seasoned veteran in the country music world, many fans were surprised when he was awarded the Best New Artist Award at the 2015 CMAs, at which point the star had been making music for 37 years. Stapleton took it in stride, and the joke might be on the Awards committee, since his "Traveller" album sold its 2 millionth copy only two years later. That's no beginner's luck!
28. Kacey Musgraves – $12 million
While she’s a relative newcomer to the country scene, Kacey Musgraves has already made her mark – monetarily, at least. Indeed, at only 28 years of age, the “Blowin’ Smoke” singer has earned an estimated $12 million through material like her half-a-million-selling debut Same Trailer Different Park. And with two Grammys under her belt, her career has also been fruitful in the awards stakes.
27. Eric Church – $14 Million
Beyond his incredible music, Church is beloved by fans for his above-and-beyond loyalty. He often releases songs to his fan club known as "the Church" for free, and during his "Holdin' My Own" tour, the country star canceled 25,000 tickets he suspected might have been held by scalpers — a bold move considering most of his annual income comes from touring.