7 Fun Jobs That Pay $40,000 A Year Or More

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In these tough times many people just want to work, so the idea of having a job that's enjoyable may seem a bit too pie-in-the-sky. For others, though, a good dollop of fun is just what's needed to make work worthwhile.

"Fun," of course, is an objective measure. But with the help of PayScale, AOL Jobs compiled a list of 7 enjoyable jobs that pay more than $40,000 a year and may not require much, if any, additional education, depending on your current experience.

The jobs listed here, ranked from lowest to highest paid, represent a variety of fields with high percentages of career satisfaction. "Satisfied" workers are the poll respondents who said that they were either "extremely satisfied" or "fairly satisfied" in their jobs.

Two other factors were used in determining the results: Stress, in which employees were asked whether they were "extremely" or "fairly" stressed; and the ability to control one's own schedule, including time off.

Caveat: PayScale says this salary data is derived from its own nationwide surveys. How much people make at these jobs can vary widely, depending on geography and employer (as well as experience.) Check out these seven careers to see if there's something for you, and click through the job listings below to see if anything piques your interest.


7. Dance Instructor: Teaching dance usually doesn't require much experience -- usually about two years, and it can be rewarding regardless of whether you like working with youth, senior citizens or anyone in between.
  • Median annual pay: $40,300*

Number of workers who are:
  • Extremely or fairly satisfied: 75 percent
  • Extremely or fairly stressed: 83 percent
  • Extremely or fairly flexible (ability to control schedule): 63 percent

Looking for a job as a dance instructor? Click here to get started.

6. Park Ranger: Duties for this job vary considerably, but generally involve helping to preserve nature or a historic setting while teaching tourists how to enjoy the park safely. A love of the outdoors is key for most positions.
  • Median annual pay: $41,900

Number of workers who are:
  • Extremely or fairly satisfied: 83 percent
  • Extremely or fairly stressed: 50 percent
  • Extremely or fairly flexible: 42 percent

Looking for a job as a park ranger? Click here to get started.

5. Wedding Planner: If you know how to entertain (and enjoy doing it), helping couples to celebrate their nuptials could be right up your aisle. Unlike general event planners, wedding planners work closely with their clients -- perfect if you enjoy working with people one-on-one.
  • Median annual pay: $49,200

Number of workers who are:
  • Extremely or fairly satisfied: 88 percent
  • Extremely or fairly stressed: 63 percent
  • Extremely or fairly flexible: 81 percent

Looking for a job as a wedding planner? Click here to get started.

4. Interior Decorator: Another profession that involves helping people make their dreams come true, interior decorators know how to turn a humdrum room or house into a pleasing place to spend time.
  • Median annual pay: $49,900.

Number of workers who are:
  • Extremely or fairly satisfied: 73 percent
  • Extremely or fairly stressed: 40 percent
  • Extremely or fairly flexible: 91 percent

Looking for a job as an interior decorator? Click here to get started.

3. Social Media Manager: A job that among the newest of professions, social media managers work with clients to develop marketing plans on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others to help people and companies better sell their products and services.
  • Median annual pay: $52,100.

Number of workers who are:
  • Extremely or fairly satisfied: 76 percent
  • Extremely or fairly stressed: 51 percent
  • Extremely or fairly flexible: 73 percent

Looking for a job as a social media manager? Click here to get started.

2. Video Game Designer: For workers in this field, it really is all about fun and games -- or at least designing. The job typically requires a bachelor's degree, though as with many other computer-related jobs, a demonstrated aptitude may be all you need to prove you have the right stuff.
  • Median annual pay: $58,000.

Number of workers who are:
  • Extremely or fairly satisfied: 87 percent
  • Extremely or fairly stressed: 55 percent
  • Extremely or fairly flexible: 80 percent

Looking for a job as a video game designer? Click here to get started.

1. Musician or Singer: As any fan of "American Idol" can tell you, becoming a top-billed performer takes guts, determination and a lot of luck. But for every star, there are hundreds of other singers and musicians who quietly make a decent living working steady gigs, such as weddings, local restaurants or bars, and other venues.
  • Median annual pay: $59,200.

Number of workers who are:
  • Extremely or fairly satisfied: 83 percent
  • Extremely or fairly stressed: 38 percent
  • Extremely or fairly flexible: 70 percent

Looking for a job as a musician or singer? Click here to get started.


*NOTE: The median salary shown for each career is the amount earned by workers with five to eight years of experience in that occupation -- half earn more, while half make less.





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Jinggoy Angeles

Would you be interested in a job that pays more than $30,000 a year, gives you a free SUV to get around, and provides you with room and board? Oh, and what if we throw in that the only “work” you have to do is play with baby pandas all day long? https://vid.me/dUD

July 18 2014 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lori

Hotel Sales and Catering jobs are lots of fun. I do it. Entry level is 40-60 thousand per year plus bonus. You can work in nice hotels like Hilton or Marriott. Free food at most hotels, and good travel deals. Start with an oline certificate at www.aprinda.com or ahla

October 27 2012 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wesnwendy

I can't believe someone actually got paid for writing this. Lies, all lies.

July 16 2012 at 2:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
frog7994

It's all hype I think they just sit around a big table and think of things to come up with.

July 16 2012 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Ever try to get a job as a Park Ranger? Unless you are a minority, it will no longer happen. It is just as bad as any other Civil Service job. Quota hires first, then anyone else who didn't mind waiting 10+ years on a waiting list.

July 16 2012 at 1:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
xraybrain

Thats a joke about park ranger....that job is nearly impossible to get. A friend of mine tried for 20 years to get that job.....you need a masters degree with concentrations in botany, chemistry etc. You might as well try and win the lottery

July 16 2012 at 1:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Cheri

Don't you mean "subjective" measure?

July 16 2012 at 4:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jabaileydc

These occupations are the first affected in a poor economy! Who ever thought about this article is a dreamer!

July 15 2012 at 1:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
donwts4

come on stop dreaming! this ecomney is screwed up. noone ever made this kind of money! it`s all bs

July 15 2012 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chessgms2

They neglected to list "Currency Recycling Specialist", a job where you're employed by a large firm to walk the city streets picking up loose change you find lying around on sidewalks, in public restrooms, underneath city bus seats, etc. Whatever you find, you get to keep 18% for yourself, less payroll taxes. (If you're really lucky, you might come across a fountain which the locals consider a 'wishing well'. Those are real treasure troves where i'ts not uncommon to even find quarters. But be careful, if anybody questions what you're doing scooping up the coins in one of those, distract them by saying you're looking for your lost cat, and high tail it out of there before the cops show up).
If you want something a little more upscale, "Corporate Board Director" usually pays upwards of $125.000 a year, and only involves being flown to company headquarters four times a year (and, in First Class, too!) to rubber stamp approval for CEO bonus pay and other company business. You will need to be friends from Yale or another Ivy League school with a current Board member, or be the spouse of somebody important, but if that describes you......then, your're probably in!
Seriously, are they kidding on these jobs? Dance instuctors with two years exp at forty grand? Particularly in THIS ecomony???? Musicians making close to sixty? ROFL. Sure, maybe, if the bass player grabs a shotgun and a halloween mask and robs the place when you're on breaks.
At least "Employment Suggestions Writer" seems to pay well enough for this particular journalistic prankster to apparently afford some pretty good drugs.

July 15 2012 at 10:45 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to chessgms2's comment
timant2007

Hahahahaha that made me laugh my arse off. thanks.

July 15 2012 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
napajack

I agree completely. Very funny stuff........Thanks

July 15 2012 at 8:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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