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The Sims 3 Criminal Career Track

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

Criminal Career Track in the Sims 3To join the criminal career track in the Sims 3, apply at the warehouse. Criminals will need athletic skills to excel at their jobs. There are two branches in the criminal career track, thief and evil. Evil Sims who become Emperor of Evil will glow red from time to time, frightening skittish Sims. Master Thieves will receive a golden fox statue that can boost mood. Emperor of Evil will require logic and athletics, whereas Master Thief requires only athletics. I actually prefer the master thief branch, as it has a better reward and is less difficult to get promoted in.

    Lifetime Wishes Associated with this Career Track
  • Emperor of Evil Cool Red Aura, and an excuse to be bad.

  • Become a Master Thief An excellent award awaits those who reach the top of the thief branch in this career. What's better, you get to keep it!

The Sims 3 Criminal Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
1DecoyMon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood
2CutpurseMon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood
3ThugMon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood
4Getaway DriverMon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood, Accomplices
5BagmanMon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood, Accomplices
6Con ArtistMon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood, Accomplices

The Sims 3 Evil Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
Athletic, Mood, Boss
8Evil SidekickMon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Athletic, Mood, Boss, Logic
9SupervillainMon, Tue, Thu, Fri
Athletic, Mood, Boss, Logic
10Emperor of EvilMon, Tue, Fri
Athletic, Mood, Logic

The Sims 3 Thief Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
7SafecrackerMon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood, Accomplices
8Bank RobberTue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood, Accomplices
9Cat BurglarTue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood, Accomplices
10Master ThiefTue, Fri, Sat, Sun
Athletic, Mood, Accomplices

Good Traits for The Sims 3's Criminal Career Track

The Athletic trait will help either thieves or evil masters. Either branch requires the ahtletic skill to be successful, and this increases the rate they'll "learn" that skill.

If your Sim is shooting for emperor of evil, take this trait. It will help them to raise logic faster. Do so early, because the logic skill will pop up suddenly at level 8 in the career track with a high requirement.

Look to Good Traits For Every Career for more ideas.

Criminal Career Uniforms
Sims 3 Criminal Uniform: Con Artist
Con Artist Uniform
Sims 3 Criminal Uniform: Bank Robber
Bank Robber Uniform
Sims 3 Criminal Uniform: Master Thief
Master Thief Uniform
Sims 3 Criminal Uniform: Henchman
Henchman Uniform
Sims 3 Criminal Uniform: Evil Sidekick
Evil Sidekick Uniform
Sims 3 Criminal Uniform: Super Villain
Super Villain Uniform
Sims 3 Criminal Uniform: Emperor of Evil
Emperor of Evil Uniform
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Comments (11)

Gracefulclutz says...
Does the Emperor of evil glow stay even if he switches jobs? He just had twins with his wife and I think he needs a more "lucrative" job, like starting over and switching to thief. However, I LOVE THE GLOW! I want to keep it, but if he can't keep the evil glow if he's a thief then... I'm not sure what I want more for him, to look awesome or to get more money ! xD
27th February 2014 11:49pm
Simmylala says...
My Sim's house was robbed every day, even when she was at home! I ended up typing in testingcheatsenabled true and shift clicking on her, and deleted her. I've deleted 3 burglars so far, LOL, I'm glad I have a dog guarding the house ;-P
16th July 2014 12:05am
Rose says...
What is the best thing to do at work at what levels?
29th March 2013 3:39pm
Lola says...
I know you asked this awhile ago, but even if you don't need the information anymore, someone else might find it useful. The answer to your question isn't that simple. You have to judge the best course of action based on your career progress. Go under your career tab on the user interface. There should be a little progress bar on the far right. Next to the bar are little faces that can range from smiley-angry in appearance. It's say "Athletic", "Accomplices", "Boss" or something like that. Based on the facial expression, you can decide which you need to work on. If the face next to "Accomplices" is reddish-yellowish, you need to work on your relationships with your co-workers. So, when you're working, choose the option that allows you to become friends with your co-workers.
16th November 2013 4:57pm
Lola says...
If the "Athletic" is reddish-yellowish, then you need to work on your athletic skill, either at home or if you can, at work. Those little faces under the career tab will tell you what you need to do. As you improve the faces from red to green, your progress bar will rise. Once the progress bar reaches the top, you will probably get a promotion and a raise. This is how all careers (jobs) work. Professions are a little different. So, it's not a straight answer, it depends on where your Sim is skill-wise and relationship-wise. Hope this helps people. I'm sure this has been covered at some point on Carl's guide if you need more help.
16th November 2013 7:42pm
MeganC says...
I have a male vampire sim, so I prefer for him to be a criminal. His athletic skill is mastered, and he's only a level 2 criminal. The problem is, I get arrested from work almost EVERY single day. Is there anything I can do to decrease the likelihood of this, or is it just sheer crappy luck?
It's sheer crappy luck.  It might also depend on what option you're choosing while he is there.   I always did the one where they were grovelling to leader or conspiring with accomplices and it was 40/60 chance.  Having the lucky trait, a good mood and/or the vacationer LTR can be big helps.
18th June 2013 9:10pm
Peter says...
I think there's a bug in my game because as a Con Artist it's marked that I don't work on Wednesday and Thursday (here and ingame), but if I "skip" on W the bar goes down...
31st July 2013 4:30pm
Amanda says...
yea the same here. and then vvhen you go to vvork to stop the bar from lovvering they go but they dont come back until you cancel the action. I think its just a game glitch. Not a huge one IMO though.
7th December 2013 4:57am
michaela says...
the criminal track in bridgeport is different :( level one is 18 an hour but its from 1:00pm to 6:30 pm, so i only earn 88 simoleons :/
2nd September 2013 2:58am
Tori says...
Yeah, many careers have different hours in Bridgeport.
13th July 2014 11:21am
Awesome says...
Type in this cheat: testingcheats enabled true. Do not put a period and true must be a space for true then click your mailbox (press shift) while clicking it then go to careeres and you can pick whatever career at any level!
2nd January 2014 9:43pm
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