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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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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
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
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
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
Laura says...
My sim has the same problem, where the police take her out of work and arrest her. I can't get a promotion!!
30th August 2013 4:10pm
Kate says...
Honestly, this has never happened for me. My Sim is level 5 in the career but she has never been arrested so far. Her current athletics skill is level 6 which probably helps and I always send her with her hunger/sleep/bladder/hygiene stats at 80%+. So try sending your Sim with a good mood or try increasing the athletics skill. Mine is probably pure luck (although I don't have the Lucky trait) but who knows?
19th August 2017 4:10pm
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
Amanda says...
I'm playing the night life version in bridge port and I can't figure out where to become a criminal! There is no warehouse. Please help
12th August 2015 2:22pm
DumbOreo says...
there is a warehouse in bridgeport and i am preety sure it is close to a bar that is called waylons haunt or something like that
21st March 2018 11:26am
morankayn says...
Yes, the rabbithole is in an 'abandoned warehouse' near to Waylons Haunt.

If you still can't find it look on the computer or newspaper for the job.

If that's still not working I think you can use a cheat. Type in "testingcheatsenabled true" into the cheat box and then shift click your mailbox, the option should be there to chose career.
27th October 2018 9:09pm
Sopher says...
I'm stuck at level 5. I don't know what to do.. faces are always green and the progress bar is always full.. Sim has full athletics
28th August 2013 1:27pm
Dalia says...
yes but , the jail , my sim can go to jail if it is in this career
16th August 2015 8:31am
Fiona says...
Does anyone know if traits balance out reactions to auras? For example if I had a Good (Dislikes Evil Aura) and Mean-spirited (Likes Evil Aura) Sim would that sim be upset by the aura, like it, or be indifferent?
18th May 2019 3:14pm
Playalot says...
Sims will still be upset by the auras. But you can maintain a relationship still, just takes dedicated work!
18th May 2019 11:36pm
Fiona says...
Thank you! So traits that dislike the aura take priority over ones that like it. What about law enforcement and criminal career sims? Do Evil law enforcers still hate the aura?
21st May 2019 4:06pm
Playalot says...
Careers shouldn't make an impact, if the sim is evil then the aura shouldn't effect them negatively.
21st May 2019 5:20pm
Frank says...
Evil/Insane Traited characters get relationship bonuses when nearby the emperor and they act happy to see them too.
18th January 2020 11:45pm
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