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Fun Jobs That Pay Well

List RulesThe best jobs that are fun and pay over 40k a year.

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 every day, but if you generally like what you do for work then "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. What are fun careers to have that also pay well?

Some of the top-paying gigs on this list are easy jobs that pay well, such as 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 – such as an astronaut or a master sommelier – but once you get the position, you are rewarded with one of the most fun, well-paying jobs for women and men. 
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    Chocolatier

    Annual salary: $90,000
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    Video Game Player

    Annual salary: $50,000
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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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    Food Critic

    Average annual salary: $47,000
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    Interior Designer

    Annual salary: $45,000
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    Marine Biologist

    Average annual: $31,500. Biologists with PhDs and teaching at universities: up to $50,000.
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    Mystery Shopper

    Experienced secret shoppers can earn up to $25/hour
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    Personal Shopper

    Average annual salary: $40,000
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    Toy Creator

    Annual salary: $55,000
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    Video game designer

    Annual salary: $46,000
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    Annual salary: $100,000
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    Graphic Designer

    Annual salary: $52,000
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    Park ranger

    Annual salary: $47,000
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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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    Professional Computer Hacker

    Government agencies and private security firms pay an average of $64,000 to hired hackers
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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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    Zoo Keeper

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    Dog Walker

    Can make up to $50/hour
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    Landscape architect

    Average annual salary: $71,100
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    Lego Engineer

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    Winemaker

    Annual salary: $93,000 per year
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    Homicide Detective

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    Annual salary: $81,000