Just like in the real world, living in The Sims 4 is expensive, which makes the best-paying careers tempting ventures. Upon its release in 2014, the game came packaged with ten full-time careers, each with two distinct career branches. Since then, plenty of additional options have made their way into the game – whether it’s through base game patches, or through the purchase of DLC – and some certainly take the cake over others for highest-paying careers in The Sims 4.

While it probably makes no difference to the Sim, there are different full-time career types that players can enjoy. The Get to Work expansion pack was the first to introduce the problematic active careers in The Sims 4, which let Simmers tag along during the work day, completing tasks or socializing with coworkers. The City Living expansion added semi-active careers, which allow players to choose between doing such tasks at home or sending their Sim off to a so-called rabbit hole career – which is the traditional Sims career experience, wherein all the magic happens behind the scenes. There’s also the Freelancer career type, in which the Sim works completely from home.

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10 Private Attorney (Law Track) – §12,600/Week

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While it’s the least lucrative of the highest-paying careers in The Sims 4, the Private Attorney branch of the Law track is certainly nothing to scoff at. Sims will need to work their way up the ranks, starting as Process Server. After seven promotions, they’ll have the opportunity to choose between the Private Attorney or the Judge paths, of which players should always choose the former. After all, those who make it up to the Preeminent Partner position will earn §450 an hour, which comes out to §12,600 each week. The Discover University expansion is required to unlock the Law careers.

A Sims 4 Sim using a computer at a desk.

In terms of player experience, The Sims 4 is not a social game (a reality that the multiplayer Project Rene could fix). However, that shouldn’t stop Sims from tackling the Social Media career, particularly the Public Relations branch. Once a character has earned the title of Spin Doctor, they’ll make a whopping §453, which equates to §12,684 a week. In order to take part in Public Relations or even the Influencer tracks, though, players will need to have access to the City Living expansion in The Sims 4.

8 Diamond Agent (Secret Agent Track) – §12,780/Week

Two Diamond Agents in their office in The Sims 4

If a Sim wants to become the next James Bond, the Diamond Agent branch of the Secret Agent career track is for them. Starting out as an Agency Clerk, those suited to the job will eventually become a Double Diamond Agent, where they can earn §12,780 per week.

Sims need to be prepared to put the work in, though, as Double Diamond Agent has the longest working hours of any job in The Sims 4 with three 15-hour shifts per week. While no doubt exciting for the secret agent, players may want to make other characters to control in the meantime.

7 Villain (Secret Agent Track) – §12,875/Week

A Sim in a fancy ballgown with Geoffrey and Nancy Landgraab imprisoned behind

Suggesting that crime can sometimes pay, the other career branch in the Secret Agent career track, Villain, earns slightly more than Diamond Agent. In the top position, Triple Agent, Sims can make §12,875 per week. While a better option overall for Secret Agents due to more money and fewer working hours, it’s best suited for playful and mischievous Sims, as it requires a lot of Mischief skill-building. Plus, players with the Discover University expansion pack can even send Sims to study Villainy and get a boost in the Villain career track upon graduating – setting them up for success in one of the highest-paying careers in The Sims 4.

6 Investor (Business Track) – §12,992/Week

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For Sims who want to use their money to make more money, there is the Investor branch of the Business career track. Sims can eventually become an Angel Investor, which will make them a tidy profit of §12,992 each week. While the Business career is a safe bet for those Sims with money-based aspirations, it is perhaps one of the least engaging careers in The Sims 4, as there is no work-from-home option or amusing edge found in other careers like Secret Agent or Astronaut. Nevertheless, it’s a surefire way to earn lots of Simoleons in The Sims 4.

5 Trend Setter (Style Influencer Track) – §13,530/Week

A Trend Setter Sim checking themselves out in a mirror

The Style Influencer career offers a choice between two equally creative positions – Trend Setter and Stylist – both of which are perfect for fashionable Sims (and Simmers). If players opt for the Style Influencer branch and make their way up to the Icon O’Class title, they’ll be making an impressive §13,530 per week. It’s not quite as lucrative as the Stylist branch, but Sims need to work just six hours a day in a five-day work week. Plus, the job comes with a digital sketch pad and a camera, which are fun to toy around with.

4 Botanist (Gardener Track) – §14,700/Week

A Sim making a floral arrangement

The Gardener career was delivered as part of the Seasons expansion pack, and while it might not sound as thrilling as other options at first, it’s actually a great money-maker for green-fingered Sims. Players wanting to make as much money as possible should opt for the Botanist branch, as the highest-ranking job, PhD of Pollen, earns §420 per hour and thus §14,700 per week. Not only can characters get rich by working from home every day, but it can even be quite fun, especially for players who also own the Cottage Living expansion and can grow oversized crops in The Sims 4.

3 Interstellar Smuggler (Astronaut Track) – §14,868/Week

An Interstellar Smuggler in the Sims 4, making cash rain

While most Simmers are stuck on planet Earth (at least for now), having Sims successfully pursue the Astronaut career is a fun way for players to live out their space dreams. In particular, the Interstellar Smuggler path is one of the highest-paying careers in The Sims 4; the top job of this career branch will see Sims making a sizable §14,868 per week. However, players should be warned that Astronaut is one of the hardest careers to earn a promotion in, and just like in the real world, Sims need to be highly athletic to make it work.

2 Stylist (Style Influencer Track) – §15,000/Week

A Sim in a retail store, looking at a mannequin wearing the same outfit he has on.

For Sims who want to use their fashion sense for the betterment of the community, the Stylist branch of the Style Influencer career path is the perfect proposition. There isn’t much of a difference between the Stylist and Trend Setter branches as far as gameplay is concerned, but Stylist proves to be more financially rewarding in the long run, because when Stylists become Personal Re-Imagers, they will earn §15,000 per week. Sims who reach this level also get a fun new feature – the ability to “make trends” – that can lessen the secondhand embarrassment from The Sims 4‘s notoriously unfashionable NPCs.

1 Covert Operator / Officer (Military Track) – §16,880/Week

A Military Sim saluting another officer with street and military truck in background

The highest-paying career in The Sims 4 is the Military career track. Both the Covert Operator and Officer branch offer the same financial rewards, and those who successfully rise through the ranks will earn §16,880 per week in either of the jobs, be it Grand Marshal or Sim-in-Black. In order to take advantage of the best career in The Sims 4, players will need to own the StrangerVille game pack.

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