Carrie Underwood has topped Forbes' annual list of the highest earners among American Idol alumni. Carrie's earnings of $31 million from June 2012 – June 2013 easily landed her on the top of the list. Kelly Clarkson ranked second with earnings of $7 million in the year, followed by Phillip Phillips and Adam Lambert who tied for third with annual earnings of $5 million. Scotty McCreery landed at #6 on the list of highest earning American Idol alumni with an annual income of $3 million, and Kellie Pickler tied for eighth place with $1.5 in earnings from June 2012 to June 2013.
Forbes' earnings estimates was compiled based on data from Pollstar Pro, the RIAA, Nielsen SoundScan as well as information from industry veterans, the artists' handlers and even some of the artists themselves.