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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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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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Ferrari Driving Instructor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Ferrari Driving Instructor Annual salary: $120,000

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Food Critic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
EdwardTjioe added Food Critic Average annual salary: $47,000

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Chocolatier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Chocolatier Annual salary: $90,000

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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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Mystery Shopper is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Personal Shopper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Personal Shopper Average annual salary: $40,000

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Wardrobe Stylist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Wardrobe Stylist Anywhere from $1,000 a week to $10,000 a week

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Professional Computer Hacker is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Professional Athlete is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Professional Athlete Varies greatly; can be anywhere from $40,000 a year to well over $1 million annually

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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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Cruise Director is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Cruise Director Annual salary: $50,000

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Video game designer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Video game designer Annual salary: $46,000

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Graphic Designer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Graphic Designer Annual salary: $52,000

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Astronaut is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Astronaut Annual salary: $100,000

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Park ranger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Park ranger Annual salary: $47,000

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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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Landscape architect is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Landscape architect Average annual salary: $71,100

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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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Airline Pilot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Airline Pilot Annual salary: $81,000

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Concert Promoter is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Winemaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Winemaker Annual salary: $93,000 per year

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Homicide Detective is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
eilish added Homicide Detective

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Fashion Designer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Fashion Designer Annual salary: $64,000

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Brewmaster is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Brewmaster Annual salary: $43,000

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Stunt Man is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
BrennaChapman added Stunt Man

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Zoo Keeper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
BrennaChapman added Zoo Keeper

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Personal trainer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Personal trainer Annual salary: $40,000

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Lego Engineer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Alexis Hayes added Lego Engineer

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Magician is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Magician Annual salary: $49,000

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Audio Engineer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
ThanosElias added Audio Engineer Making records is just a good time. 30K to upwards of 100k and more

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Lighting Designer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
bls_production added Lighting Designer

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Food Scientist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Food Scientist Annual salary: $54,000

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Music Therapist is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
BrennaChapman added Music Therapist

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Art Therapist is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
BrennaChapman added Art Therapist

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Cruise Ship Entertainer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Cruise Ship Entertainer Salaries range from $4000 to $7000 per month, plus room and board.

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Engineer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
1473690995740 added Engineer

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Romance Novelist is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Romance Novelist Annual salary: $48,000

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Fire Chief is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Fire Chief Annual salary: $67,000