According to a 2010 survey by Expedia.com, Americans receive just 14 days off on average per year [source: Expedia]. But what if you had a job at which every day seemed like a vacation? Some people are lucky enough to work in professions that can be both enjoyable during work hours and lucrative come payday. For example, video game designers may earn $50,000 or more per year right out of college, while astronauts can make $65,000 to $100,000 annually during their careers [sources: Krantz and NASA].
But many of those employed in fun occupations are lucky to bring in the federal minimum wage. If you're looking for a line of work that's more about the experience than the paycheck, click through our list of five fun jobs if money is no object.