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Fun Jobs That Pay Well

Updated June 14, 2019 50.9k votes 12.6k voters 1.0m views40 items

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Annual salary: $90,000
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    Video Game Player is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Video Game Player

    Annual salary: $50,000
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    Voice-Over Artist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Voice-Over Artist

    Average annual salary: $80,000
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    Ferrari Driving Instructor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Ferrari Driving Instructor

    Annual salary: $120,000
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    Food Critic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Average annual salary: $47,000
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    Interior Designer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Interior Designer

    Annual salary: $45,000
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    Marine Biologist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Mystery Shopper

    Experienced secret shoppers can earn up to $25/hour
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    Personal Shopper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Average annual salary: $40,000
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    Toy Creator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    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
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    Annual salary: $46,000
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    Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Annual salary: $100,000
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    Graphic Designer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Annual salary: $52,000
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    Park ranger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Annual salary: $47,000
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    Professional Athlete is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Varies greatly; can be anywhere from $40,000 a year to well over $1 million annually
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    Professional Computer Hacker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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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 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Event Planner

    Annual salary: $44,000
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    Concert Promoter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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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 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Zoo Keeper

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    Dog Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Dog Walker

    Can make up to $50/hour
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    Landscape architect is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Average annual salary: $71,100
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    Lego Engineer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Lego Engineer

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    Winemaker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Annual salary: $93,000 per year
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    Homicide Detective is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Airline Pilot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
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    Annual salary: $81,000
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