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Fun Jobs That Pay Well  

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List Rules The 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $90,000
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Video Game Player is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Video Game Player
Annual salary: $50,000
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Food Critic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
EdwardTjioe added
Average annual salary: $47,000
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Ferrari Driving Instructor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Ferrari Driving Instructor
Annual salary: $120,000
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Voice-Over Artist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Voice-Over Artist
Average annual salary: $80,000
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Mystery Shopper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Mystery Shopper
Experienced secret shoppers can earn up to $25/hour
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Marine Biologist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
e61121169 added Marine Biologist
Average annual: $31,500. Biologists with PhDs and teaching at universities: up to $50,000.
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Interior Designer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Interior Designer
Annual salary: $45,000
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Wardrobe Stylist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Average annual salary: $40,000
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Toy Creator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Toy Creator
Annual salary: $55,000
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Video game designer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $46,000
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Professional Computer Hacker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Professional Computer Hacker
Government agencies and private security firms pay an average of $64,000 to hired hackers
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Graphic Designer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $52,000
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Professional Athlete is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Varies greatly; can be anywhere from $40,000 a year to well over $1 million annually
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Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $100,000
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Landscape architect is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Average annual salary: $71,100
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Park ranger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $47,000
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Zoo Keeper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
BrennaChapman added Zoo Keeper
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Event Planner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Event Planner
Annual salary: $44,000
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Concert Promoter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Concert Promoter
On the high end, this can pay up to $100,000 or more a year
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Dog Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Dog Walker
Can make up to $50/hour
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Homicide Detective is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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Lego Engineer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Alexis Hayes added Lego Engineer
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Winemaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $93,000 per year
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Cruise Director is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Cruise Director
Annual salary: $50,000