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Fun Jobs That Pay Well

Updated June 14, 2019 48.1k 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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    Annual salary: $90,000
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    877

    Video Game Player

    Annual salary: $50,000
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    938

    Voice-Over Artist

    Average annual salary: $80,000
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    1,548
    736

    Ferrari Driving Instructor

    Annual salary: $120,000
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    530
    Average annual salary: $47,000
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    1,063
    750

    Interior Designer

    Annual salary: $45,000
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    591

    Marine Biologist

    Average annual: $31,500. Biologists with PhDs and teaching at universities: up to $50,000.
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    710

    Mystery Shopper

    Experienced secret shoppers can earn up to $25/hour
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    777
    Average annual salary: $40,000
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    576

    Toy Creator

    Annual salary: $55,000
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    Annual salary: $46,000
  • 12
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    623
    Annual salary: $100,000
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    608
    Annual salary: $52,000
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    Annual salary: $47,000
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    Varies greatly; can be anywhere from $40,000 a year to well over $1 million annually
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    640
    683

    Professional Computer Hacker

    Government agencies and private security firms pay an average of $64,000 to hired hackers
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    622

    Event Planner

    Annual salary: $44,000
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    614
    500

    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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    678

    Dog Walker

    Can make up to $50/hour
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    529
    Average annual salary: $71,100
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    200

    Lego Engineer

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    477
    571
    Annual salary: $93,000 per year
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    506
    541
    Annual salary: $64,000
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    451
    600
    Annual salary: $81,000