5 Highest Paying Professions in WOW Shadowlands

If you haven’t been living under a rock all your life, you’ll know that WoW is one of the most popular and successful MMOs out there. At its highest point (and I don’t mean Mount Neverest) WoW had 12million subscribers in 2014, which is a really massive number when you think about the state of the internet in 2014. 

Of course, the numbers may still have started waning a bit after that point, and Blizzard did stop releasing numbers for the subscriber count. 

Nonetheless, WoW remained quite popular, and with the last expansion, Shadowlands, a lot of people are saying it’s a good point to come back to WoW. Of course, if you do, one of the most prominent things you’ll likely end up spending your time on is making money. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t like an online casino where you can go in with a small investment and possibly make it big. Instead, you’re going to have to spend your time grinding it out. That being said, you could always buy gold off Blizzard themselves, but that’s expensive, and buying in the black market is risky as it could get your account banned.

No, instead the best route is to grind, and the easiest way of doing that is by picking professions that pay a lot of money for your time. Ergo this article!

Professions in Wow Shadowlands

Primarily speaking, you only get two professions that you can have at any one time. That means that you really have to pick and chose the right profession you go with if you want to farm that money. Thankfully, farming with professions doesn’t mean you have to worry about leveling up fast in Shadowlands since you can farm mats at pretty much any level (except for some super-high-end stuff). 


The top spot is equally tied between herbalism and mining, but we may as well start with herbalism.

Herbalism is the only way to get materials for things such as Alchemy and Inscription. As such, it’s a great profession to have that assures pretty much every single time you use it you’re going to make money. 

Granted, it can be a bit tiring, and leveling it up will take a while, but once you get it going and find good spots to farm, you can make a lot of coin with it. Also, Leatherworking relies on herbalism too, so it’s not just the two professions listed above that needs herbalism.

There’s also legacy content to consider, and that stuff also really requires herbalism, such as Fadeleaf, Heartbloom, and Gromsblood. Pretty much all these legacy mats sell really well on auction!


Much like herbalism, mining is also great for selling off stuff on the auction house. Jewelcrafting, Engineering, and Blacksmithing can only get ores through mining, so they’re always in need of a minor. 

Also, much like the legacy materials for herbalism, there are also legacy materials in mining, which are Titanium, Elementium, and Dark Iron. These also sell pretty excellently on the auction house.


While mining and herbalism are really the two primary ways you can make good money in WoW, they tend to get pretty boring after a while. That’s the reason that players will often pick one gathering profession from the two above and one crafting profession.

If you do end up going that route, then Alchemy is the best crafting profession for your buck. Not only is it a great secondary choice for herbalism, but it can also bring in big bucks because of potions. 

You aren’t going to find the top of the DPS tier list, without their special positions to help them get that high. On top of that, there are potions of spectral strength, mana, intellect, and agility, all of which are always in high demand, so it’s easy to rake in the cash.

Not only that, but you can also craft oils, such as Shadowcore Oil for those ranged DPS folks and  Embalmer’s Oil that work great for healers. 


While not as fancy or as well-appreciated as Alchemy, enhancing is actually really important, especially for gearing up in Shadowlands. This is mostly due to the fact that there isn’t much new gear in Shadowlands, so you’re likely to fall back on enhancing as a way to gain a bit of a power bump. 

This is a bit of a more involved profession though, and a bit more variability in how much gold you can make. Since most of the time, you’ll be enchanting people’s gear as they’re wearing it, such as their robes or even boots, you will have to spend some time selling your profession in trade chat. 

Really though, where enchanting shines is in disenchanting, which can net you some really high-end and costly mats. If you have a friend who does tailoring, or you pick tailoring as a profession, this is a killer combo for making money, since disenchanting lower-end gear such as cuffs or bracers gives you some stuff with great worth.


Finally, we have inscription, and even though it’s at the bottom of the least, it’s by no means the worst and is in fact a bit sidelined for no good reason. 

Inscription provides you with some powerful boosts for Shadowlands gameplay like reputation boosts for factions such as The Ascended or The Wild Hunt every time you complete a quest. You also get Massives which is absolutely needed for crafting legendary items and cards, and so is a very lucrative trade. 


For the most part, if you’re looking for a really lucrative set of professions, you’ll want to go for herbalism and mining. Unfortunately, that can be pretty boring so the second-best option is herbalism and alchemy, where you get the best of both worlds.

If you don’t go for a gathering profession, then you’re probably better off going Enchanting and Inscription as a set, since they offer some good coin without as much tedium.

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Last Updated: May 03, 2021