List of Creative Careers That Pay Well

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The perfect job might be defined as a job that allows you to express your creativity while earning a good salary doing it. Not everybody is lucky enough to find this type of career. Depending upon your skills, the type of work you enjoy doing and your willingness to put in the effort it takes to secure a high-paying creative job, you can find a job that will pay well and allow you the freedom of creative expression.

Fashion Designer

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2008, fashion designer can earn between £39,650 a year to £46,800 a year. The lower 10 per cent can earn £20,800, while the higher ten per cent can earn £80,600. The longer you're in the business, the more you can earn. If you're skilled at drawing fashions and create a line of clothing that gets endorsed by celebrities and shown at fashion events around the world, you can easily earn in the millions, but getting to this level can take years of work. In the meantime, a qualified designer with some experience can still earn a decent living.


Cartoon and movie animators can earn between a median salary of £51,350 a year as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Careers in this field include the motion picture industry, with median salaries of £45,500 and computer design, with a median salary of £40,950. Software publisher and related fields can earn £44,200 a years. While you can start a career working freelance without formal education, many companies want to see a bachelor's degree in digital art design. Animators use traditional drawing and painting skills, combined with the use of computers and animation software, to create everything from animated films to video games and commercials.

Architect/Civil Engineer

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that a civil engineer can earn £50,700 plus a year, depending upon company and location, with a low end salary of £37,700 as of May 2009. A landscape architect, who works more with the design of natural land elements, may earn between £37,700 and £50,050 a year. These careers require a bachelor's degree minimum in formal education. Architects spend a great deal of time designing and drawing, using traditional artistic skills to create plans for buildings, homes and the environment.

Music Producer

A music producer can earn £45,500 plus a year working in the industry as a base salary, but a well-known producer who has produced several hit CDs can earn much more. The salary of a top producer is vast, due to the pay structure of the music industry. The annual salary is based on fees for the actual production, but royalties and earnings from produced CDs are often part of the contract and can vary greatly depending upon the sales of the music. A knowledge of music, the ability to hear a hit song and the ability to help musicians market themselves, as well as experience recording music, are ways a music producer uses creativity. A music producer is in charge of creating the sound of a particular CD, arranging music and sometimes hiring additional musicians to work on a recording session.

Art Director

An art director is in charge of setting up design concepts and acquiring the elements necessary for the realisation of these concepts. An art director can work in a museum and be charged with acquiring art exhibits and setting up the display of those exhibits. Art directors may also work in other fields, such as the motion picture industry, where they may work with set designers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an art director salary in a museum setting is about £70,200, while art directors working in the motion picture industry might earn £71,500, as of May 2009.

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