He spends most of his time fighting mystical threats and would-be transdimensional conquerors. That leaves him very little time to pursue a profitable career.

How does he earn his bread and pay his bills?

  • could you specify what category you're looking for ? like the comic book version, MCU version etc.
    – Shreedhar
    Jun 2, 2018 at 6:32
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    “He spends most of his time fighting mystical threats and would-be transdimensional conquerors” — does he? They probably don’t make comics or TV shows about the many months he spends getting his artisan cloak business off the ground. Jun 2, 2018 at 9:14
  • @Shreedhar comics. I'll add the tag.
    – Marvel Boy
    Jun 2, 2018 at 13:39
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    Magic? Just sayin'
    – Paul
    Jun 2, 2018 at 20:28

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This was addressed in a couple of early issues. In short, Steven really struggles to concern himself with temporal matters. He either forgets that he needs money, assumes he still has it (from his earlier years as a doctor) or just plain buys stuff on credit. Initially he had Wong sell trinkets and gems from the archives.

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Strange Tales #147

And eventually he just uses magic to make a big pile of cash to shut Wong up.
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Even with unlimited wealth Steven still doesn't seem to cope well with the grubby business of paying rent, buying clothes, etc and eventually hires Sara Wolfe as his secretary/personal assistant. He pays her (and his bills) with magical gold bars, presumably refilling the safe whenever it runs low.

enter image description here Doctor Strange - Master of the Mystic Arts #42

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    Why is she magenta? Jun 2, 2018 at 11:44
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    @OrganicMarble - Because of shitty print-quality.
    – Valorum
    Jun 2, 2018 at 11:46
  • Ah. Thanks for the info. Jun 2, 2018 at 11:48

Apart from being able to do magic? Like make gold, make cash money, reach though portals to take money from forgotten vaults? Or go to other worlds and pick diamonds up off the ground? Travel in time using the Eye of Agamoto to get the winning lottery numbers, or pick the best stocks that quarter?

Apart from that,

Dr Strange is now part of a tremendously ancient and evidently well-funded order of magic users, the Ancient Ones. They have excellent realestate holdings in major cities around the world (as seen in the movies), as well as thousands of artefacts (in all those glass cases) which could presumably be sold to fund any shortfall.

Oh, and plus, he can do MAGIC.

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    I had to downvote because you don't provide any source showing that, for example, Dr. Strange can produce gold magically. As a comparison, there are poor magicians in Harry Potter universe.
    – Taladris
    Jun 2, 2018 at 5:40
  • Hehe, that's fine, I was just making a point really. He can however do the portal-vault thing, and the prospecting on other worlds thing. And the time travel thing. Yep. Jun 2, 2018 at 5:47
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    @Taladris, that's because in the Harry Potter universe, Wizards can't magic money into existence. The marvel universes are different. Jun 2, 2018 at 9:10

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