Top 10 Creative Jobs That Pay Over 50K

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Do you love being creative but don't want to have the life of a starving artist? These are the top 10 creative jobs that can actually pay the bills !

We are all probably going to spend at least 90,000 hours at work over our lifetime. That’s a pretty significant number. So if you thrive on creativity, you will want to choose a career where all of your hours (or at least most of them) are dedicated to outside the box thinking.

Are You a Creative Person?

This world would be a very grim place without creative people. They say that “the earth without art is just eh” and they are right; I mean, could you ever imagine life without art? The thought alone horrifies me. But, what about you? Are you a creative person? Could you be the next Steven Spielberg, J.K. Rowling or Steve Jobs? If you are a creative person you must have some of the following characteristics:

  • You are a problem solver
  • You are your own worst critic
  • You seek inspiration everywhere
  • You are not just out for a win
  • You are flexible
  • You carry a notebook everywhere you go
  • You have a hard time relating to people
  • You find beauty in the ordinary
  • You work best under pressure but aren’t very deadline-driven

So, if you are a creative person don’t torture yourself by committing to the cubicle nation just yet. You can find the job of your dreams with an excellent salary. These are the best high-paying careers that let you flex your creative muscles.

#1 Video Game Designer

If you are a creative person who loves video games, then this job is ideal for you. You don’t necessarily have to be a gamer to strive in this job; you just need to appreciate and admire the world of gaming. As a video game designer, you will have to imagine and plan new games from scratch. You will need to use out of the box problem solving, creative skills and artistic talent to develop original layouts, concepts and rules for games.

Average Salary: $80,000

#2 Graphic Designer

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As a graphic designer, you will use your skills, creativity and talent to communicate in images. Whether that is helping create an eye-catching website, drafting a new album cover or even being in charge of a creative agency as an art director your deep understanding of style, aesthetics and design will make you thrive in this industry while earning a good salary.

Average Salary: $52,000

#3 Makeup Artist

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Choosing to work as a makeup artist will make you the next modern-life Picasso. The tools you will need to use are powders, paints and brushes, but your canvas won’t be the same as Picasso’s - yours will be the human face and body! You will create anything you want, or your client asks for; whether that is making them look good, putting cat eyes on a model or turning an actor into a zombie. This job requires you to be in a constant creative mindset.

Average Salary: $60,000

#4 Sound Engineer

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Are you a creative person with a passion for music and sound? You don't have to play an instrument or sing to work in the music industry. A sound engineer’s job is to make studio recordings, as well as live performances, sound crystal clear. To succeed in this role, you need to have acoustic talent and technical knowledge of how to skillfully record, amplify and remix a pitch perfect sound.

Average Salary: $58,000

#5 Creative Director

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If being a creative person is not enough for you and you also want to take advantage of your exceptional leadership abilities, you should become a creative director. This creative managerial position can be found everywhere in fields like media, advertising or even fashion. One of the creative director’s main duties is overseeing the company’s creative projects right from the start and until they are finished.

Average Salary: $103,000

#6 Marketing Manager

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For all the aspiring bosses out there, who says creativity and business can’t go together? Don’t try to tear yourself apart by trying to choose between a creative job and a managerial one when you can have the best of both worlds as a marketing manager. A marketing manager is the company’s promotional “brain”. The entire organisation will rely on your skills and talents to deliver innovative ideas and unique solutions to market the company’s brand in the best possible way.

Average Salary: $108,000

#7 Chef


Are you a creative foodie? Do you constantly dream of unusual flavour combinations or beautiful food arrangements on a plate? Well, you can now be a chef and invent your own cooking methods; this is how amazing creativity in the kitchen can be! It is not an easy job, and it will keep you on your feet, but once you manage to climb the ranks you will have creative control of the kitchen and who knows; maybe you will create your own mouth-watering and award-winning dishes.

Average Salary: $57,000

#8 Film Editor

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We have the best job for you film enthusiasts. As a film editor you won’t just arrange scenes into a chronological order (this is a robot’s job, not a creative person’s) you will be a visual storytelling professional. You will have to work with music, images, story and dialogue; in other words, you will be the person who shapes the draft film into a cohesive product.

Average Salary: $70,000

#9 Interior Designer

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This is one of the most creative jobs available. It requires an energetic personality and a mind that is both functional and creative because as an interior designer you will have to create and transform places into both beautiful and functional spaces. You will be asked to bring a room together by selecting the perfect shapes, colours and textures and tackle any possible “design” problems” with your creative talents.

Average Salary: $56,000

#10 Art Professor

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Do you love art and academia? Don't worry; you won’t have to choose between an artsy (and unpaid) job and a boring scientific one. Have you thought about becoming an art professor? You can share your passion for art to sleepy freshmen with your cool and unique teaching techniques while interacting with music, dance, theatre or anything visual you like on a daily basis. How cool is that, right?

Average Salary: $77,000

See Also: 10 Essential Job Sites for Creative People

This comprehensive list of creative careers should be treated as a guide for individuals who thrive in creative roles but aren’t very keen on the life of a poor artist. Take this list and use it as your starting point for finding a new career that will both fulfil your passion as well as pay the bills.

Which creative path would you choose? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.