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The Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs In The United States

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s, in 2014, a shocking 4,679 people died due to occupational injuries. While the majority of these jobs fall into a category of more risky, some are often mundane. When we explored these occupations, we believed that considering the risk, these positions would offer a higher salary, only to find out, many only pay the median annual wage. With that being said, would you risk your life for a below or average salary? Take a look below at the top 10 jobs that you should (probably) avoid.

10. Logging Workers

Fatality rate – 109.5 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $35,160

Considering these workers spend the majority of their time outside working with heavy machinery and large trees, it makes sense that the risk of this job is high. Adding to this, often these workers are working in poor weather conditions and even high altitudes.

9. Fishers (and Other Related Fishing) Workers

Fatality rate – 80.8 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $32,250

This job is not your average fishing trip. These workers are constantly working in unpredicted weather conditions, dealing with malfunctioning gear and machinery, as well as boating issues. Not only is this job one of the most dangerous in the United States, it is also ranked the 2nd highest in the country.

8. Pilots and Flight Engineer Workers

Fatality rate – 63.2 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $118,140 (airline) / $75,620 (commercial)

While salary compensation may be higher than the previous jobs stated before, we still don’t believe that is lessens the fact that they are literally risking their lives. Often times electrical malfunctions occur, weather and altitude-related incidents, or even piloting errors.

7. Roof Workers

Fatality rate – 46.2 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $35,760

While it doesn’t take a genius to see the risk in this position, it’s obvious that falling from the roof is the number one cause of fatalities. Additionally, these workers are also using heavy machinery, as well as, constantly exposed under the sun, which can lead to dehydration.

6. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Fatality rate – 35.8 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $33,660

Most often, garbage workers do not get enough credit for their jobs. While it is obviously a dirty one, it is also a high risk factor. The causes of death have been linked to impatient drivers who try to pass stopped garbage trucks and end up hitting the collectors.

5. Agricultural Managers, Farmers and Ranchers

Fatality rate – 26 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $68,050

The main cause of fatalities for these workers has been linked to transportation incidents. While these jobs have been around for centuries, new technology has only increased the risk of injuries and deaths. Constantly operating heavy machinery and equipment has put this job on the top of this list.

4. Iron and Steel Workers

Fatality rate – 25.2 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $48,520

Falling, tripping and slipping are the main causes of fatalities for these workers. They are often operating large cranes to install these beams, so no wonder it made the list.

3. Truck Drivers and Sales Workers

Fatality rate – 23.4 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $22,250 to $39,520

These workers are most often driving for long hours through the day and even night. While they may have a beautiful view to enjoy on the job, traffic distractions, and the extended hours are the main causes for fatalities.

2. Electrical Installers and Repairers

Fatality rate – 19.2 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $65,930

Even though these workers go through extensive safety training, they are still on top of our list. Falling from large heights as well as electrocution (of course) are the main causes of fatalities for this position.

1. Construction and Extraction Workers

Fatality rate – 17.9 per 100,000 workers
Average annual salary – $60,990

While this position may be the least dangerous job on the top 10 list, it still endures high-risk dangers. Falls, slips and transportation accidents are the main causes on fatalities.