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List of fun jobs that pay well, these cool, high-paying jobs are technically "work" but the people who do them on a daily basis generally enjoy their time. These cool careers prove that fun, well-paying jobs actually do exist and you do not have to spend your time grinding away at something that you don't enjoy just to make a high salary. Some of these top-paying gigs are easy jobs that pay well, like a medical test subject or a professional video game player. To get these jobs, generally you just need to know how to find them and get lucky. Other jobs on this list take years of education and specialty training--like Astronaut or Master Sommelier--but once you get the position you are rewarded with one of the most fun, well-paying jobs for women and men. 

Americans spend much of their adult life at work--usually they spend more time at work than with family or friends. If quality of life is important to you, it may be a good idea to find a career that is actually fun for you most of the time. No job will be fun everyday, but if you generally like what you do for work than "you will never work a day in your life." (According to an old saying.) Since different people have different ideas of "fun," the careers on this list are diverse. Some people think that the best jobs in the world are those that require a lot of office time, while others prefer high-paying flexible jobs. All of the items on this list, however, are careers that pay good salaries and will not make you sacrifice your quality of life with low pay just to have a fun job.

List Criteria: The best jobs that are fun and pay over 40k a year

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    Video Game Player

    Annual salary: $50,000
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    Chocolatier

    Annual salary: $90,000
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    Voice-Over Artist

    Average annual salary: $80,000
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    Ferrari Driving Instructor

    Annual salary: $120,000
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    Mystery Shopper

    Experienced secret shoppers can earn up to $25/hour
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    Professional Athlete

    Varies greatly; can be anywhere from $40,000 a year to well over $1 million annually
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    Toy Creator

    Annual salary: $55,000
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    Brewmaster

    Annual salary: $43,000
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    Winemaker

    Annual salary: $93,000 per year
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    Astronaut

    Annual salary: $100,000
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    Video game designer

    Annual salary: $46,000
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    Event Planner

    Annual salary: $44,000
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    Concert Promoter

    On the high end, this can pay up to $100,000 or more a year
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    Personal Shopper

    Average annual salary: $40,000
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    Park ranger

    Annual salary: $47,000
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    Interior Designer

    Annual salary: $45,000
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    Annual salary: $81,000
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    Average annual salary: $71,100
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    Annual salary: $52,000
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    Annual salary: $64,000
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    Professional Computer Hacker

    Government agencies and private security firms pay an average of $64,000 to hired hackers
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    Stand-up comedian

    Annual salary: $10,000 to millions
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    Dog Walker

    Can make up to $50/hour
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    Romance Novelist

    Annual salary: $48,000
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    Cruise Ship Entertainer

    Salaries range from $4000 to $7000 per month, plus room and board
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    Wardrobe Stylist

    Anywhere from $1,000 a week to $10,000 a week
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    Food Scientist

    Annual salary: $54,000
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    Annual salary: $49,000
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    Live Mannequin

    Human statues can make up to $100 an hour
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    Annual salary: $40,000
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    Master Sommelier

    Average annual salary: $90,000
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    Crop Duster Pilot

    Annual salary: up to $80,000
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    Mayor

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    The median salary varies, but waitresses in high-end clubs and restaurant often make well over ... more
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    Fire Chief

    Annual salary: $67,000
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    Cruise Director

    Annual salary: $50,000
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    Oil Platform Operator

    Annual salary: up to $250,000
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    Annual salary: up to $80,000
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    Public Relations Specialist

    Annual salary: $52,000
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    LSAT Tutor

    Private tutors for tests like the LSAT, MCAT, GRE can make up to $50,000 a year
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    Medical Test Subject

    Annual salary: $50,000
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    Forensic Accountant

    Annual salary: $59,000
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    Annual salary: up to $100,000
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    Independent Sales Representative

    Senior reps can make up to $100,000 a year
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    Sewer Inspector

    Annual salary: up to $80,000
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