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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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Voice-Over Artist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Voice-Over Artist
Average annual salary: $80,000
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1,413 687
Food Critic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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Average annual salary: $47,000
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2,069 949
Chocolatier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $90,000
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2,591 1,187
Video Game Player is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Video Game Player
Annual salary: $50,000
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2,057 1,005
Ferrari Driving Instructor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Ferrari Driving Instructor
Annual salary: $120,000
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1,434 1,055
Interior Designer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Interior Designer
Annual salary: $45,000
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1,596 1,100
Wardrobe Stylist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Average annual salary: $40,000
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1,863 992
Mystery Shopper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Mystery Shopper
Experienced secret shoppers can earn up to $25/hour
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1,076 826
Marine Biologist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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Average annual: $31,500. Biologists with PhDs and teaching at universities: up to $50,000.
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894 937
Professional Computer Hacker is listed (or ranked) 10 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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604 1,037
Cruise Director is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Cruise Director
Annual salary: $50,000
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1,087 1,037
Professional Athlete is listed (or ranked) 12 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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1,034 813
Toy Creator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Toy Creator
Annual salary: $55,000
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1,010 882
Video game designer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $46,000
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808 852
Graphic Designer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $52,000
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919 875
Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $100,000
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852 844
Park ranger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $47,000
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839 879
Event Planner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Event Planner
Annual salary: $44,000
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790 958
Dog Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Dog Walker
Can make up to $50/hour
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675 744
Landscape architect is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Average annual salary: $71,100
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830 718
Concert Promoter is listed (or ranked) 21 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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641 861
Airline Pilot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Annual salary: $81,000
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551 597
Homicide Detective is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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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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293 237
Zoo Keeper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
BrennaChapman added Zoo Keeper