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The Nine Deadliest Jobs in the United States

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) analyzed fatality data from 2016 and found that among civilians, nine industries are significantly more dangerous than others. What's more, the dangerous work they do rarely pays off in terms of compensation.

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Here are the nine deadliest jobs and what they pay:

1. Driving sales workers and truck drivers
Fatalities in 2016: 918
Fatal work injury rate: 24.7 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $28,440/$34,790​

2. Farmers
Fatalities in 2016: 260
Fatal work injury rate: 23.1 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $27,810​

3. Grounds maintenance workers
Fatalities in 2016: 217
Fatal work injury rate: 17.4 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $28,010​

4. Construction workers
Fatalities in 2016: 134
Fatal work injury rate: 18.0 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $37,890​

5. Roofers
Fatalities in 2016: 101
Fatal work injury rate: 48.6 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $42,080​

6. Loggers
Fatalities in 2016: 91
Fatal work injury rate: 135.9 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $38,880​

7. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
Fatalities in 2016: 75
Fatal work injury rate: 55.5 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $86,260​

8. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
Fatalities in 2016: 31
Fatal work injury rate: 34.1 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $37,690​

9. Fishing workers
Fatalities in 2016: 24
Fatal work injury rate: 86.0 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $30,740​

According to the BLS, driving is the deadliest job in the United States, with 918 fatalities in 2016. The job with the highest fatal injury rate, however, was logging. There are 135.9 fatal work injuries per 100,000 workers in the logging industry — a significant figure given that the fatal injury rate among all workers is just 3.6.

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) analyzed fatality data from 2016 and found that among civilians, nine industries are significantly more dangerous than others. What's more, the dangerous work they do rarely pays off in terms of compensation.

USA Today

Here are the nine deadliest jobs and what they pay:

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8. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
Fatalities in 2016: 31
Fatal work injury rate: 34.1 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $37,690​

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Just last week there was a refuse worker killed by his own truck. Not sure how it happened.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03...enwaste-truck-driver-killed-by-his-own-truck/
 

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Just last week there was a refuse worker killed by his own truck. Not sure how it happened.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03...enwaste-truck-driver-killed-by-his-own-truck/
It was probably a dual drive truck. He was probably driving on the right side and popped the work brake. Then ran out of the cab before the truck stopped and got run over. Sometimes they run right in front of their own trucks without stopping it properly or the work brake fails after abuse or poor maintenance.
 

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Garbage trucks — like workin around farm machinery; not for the simple minded or careless. Some of those machine reach right out and grab you by the shirtsleeve and rip your arm(s) right off. That garbage truck guy, maybe this:
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Garbage trucks — like workin around farm machinery; not for the simple minded or careless. Some of those machine reach right out and grab you by the shirtsleeve and rip your arm(s) right off. That garbage truck guy, maybe this:
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My business is auditing garbage truck fleets. I have seen it all man.
 

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They have those numbered in overall volume. You have to read how many per 100,000 to see which are the most dangerous. Logging is by far the most dangerous. Then fishermen, then pilots, then roofers.
 

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6. Loggers
Fatalities in 2016: 91
Fatal work injury rate: 135.9 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $38,880
wtf? no way. 38K? wTF did they average? All the peeps that log? Oh yeah that will bring UP the average. curious to know: DO they call tree truck drivers loggers still? twenty years and I seen two ppl killed right in front of me and they were not making that much; like even I was. Last I heard the tree monkeys were back at the top for death.

I am just fussing at the 38K,,,,...sorry I snorted so hard I farted...yep-god spoke- the wind was blowing the wrong way and the Carriboo spooked,

edit: color me gone.
 

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38K takes into account that it isn't regular work. They work when there are logging jobs. They can't work when USFS has fire restrictions. They usually don't work winter jobs in the high country unless it's worth the expense of keeping roads open. Lot's of variables.
 

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38K takes into account that it isn't regular work. They work when there are logging jobs. They can't work when USFS has fire restrictions. They usually don't work winter jobs in the high country unless it's worth the expense of keeping roads open. Lot's of variables.
Well then they are being paid way to much. Back when I was 28/29 I made almost 41K in a year and 40 of that was in ten months. The hourly rate I was paid twelve fifty an hour and was working 300-321 hours a month. After that year I could care less if I ever seen a tree or log again.

But that was then and this is now....so you are most likely right Galsdorph(?) logging has a reader board and they have $20 on it so with that as a perspective 38K sounds about right. One thing I know about logging companies is this statement: "Keep them hungry so they stay around and work," I guess 38K is the new just above poverty line.
 

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I can tell everyone as a matter of fact, over the road truck drivers make 60k, that’s if they don’t know the trucking game and have a few months experience.

If you know the game, it’s 70-100k+

Truck driving is dangerous because of the unhealthy lifestyle and eating habits of the drivers. I make it a point to exercise on a regular basis and I eat my vegetables and take vitamins and not drink sodas.

I literally am in the top percentile of best looking drivers, but that’s not saying much. A lot of drivers are morbidly obese, I look at them with disgust.
 

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Informative article, I'm a student and after graduation, I have to select my future job... Definitely, it won't be one of the nine deadliest jobs! :oops::D I've also made a small personal research for my homework assignment at university, and I'm happy to share it with you, it's about ''10 professions demanded in the USA with good payment''. You can read more on my blog, if you want, contact me and I'll share it with you.

1. Specialist in the installation of solar panels
Growth from 2016 to 2026 - 104.9%.
Number of new jobs - 11 900
The average salary is $ 39,240

2. Technical specialists of wind turbines
Growth from 2016 to 2026 - 96.3%.
Number of new jobs - 5500
The average salary is $ 52,260

3. Doctor's assistant
Growth from 2016 to 2026 - 37.3%.
The number of new jobs is up to 39,700
The average salary is $ 101,480

4. Nurse
Growth from 2016 to 2026 - 36.1%.
The number of new jobs - up to 56 000
The average salary is $ 100,910

5. Specialist in Statistics
Growth from 2016 to 2026 - 33.8%.
Number of new jobs - up to 12 400
The average salary is $ 80,500

6. Software Developers
Growth from 2016 to 2026 - 30.7%.
The number of new jobs - up to 253 400
The average salary is $ 100,080
 

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I see why logging is so dangerous. Watching the guys around here and seeing how they do shit is pretty amazing. They take those skidders into places I wouldn't go with my 4 wheeler.
 

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Surprised not police, fire, military in there somewhere.
Why would that surprise you? Most cops spend their careers writing speeding tickets not shooting it out with mobsters.
Fireman are basically paid to sleep.
Iraq & Afghanistan have been relatively quiet for years now.
 

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Whenever someone starts raving about the dangers of police work I enjoy telling them my job is more dangerous and keeps the lights on and heater running.
 

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The worst jobs are those that damage the psyche, leave you feeling like your soul is being sucked out, and operate like an inhuman robot, a toy soldier for those over you. Hard labor has a lot of redemptive soul fulfilling aspects, and I have done a lot of those. The white collar jobs in businesses with a lot of two faced smiling assassins managing the workforce are the worst, where you are likely to be put on anti-depressants or other despairing self-destructive coping behavior. Give me the high risk physical jobs any day as long as I'm qualified and not in pain.
 

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The worst jobs are those that damage the psyche, leave you feeling like your soul is being sucked out, and operate like an inhuman robot, a toy soldier for those over you. Hard labor has a lot of redemptive soul fulfilling aspects, and I have done a lot of those. The white collar jobs in businesses with a lot of two faced smiling assassins managing the workforce are the worst, where you are likely to be put on anti-depressants or other despairing self-destructive coping behavior. Give me the high risk physical jobs any day as long as I'm qualified and not in pain.
Perhaps that's why so many sociopaths in the above occupations. They thrive on the suffering of others.
 

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It's my hobbies that will kill you!
 

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sociopaths . They thrive on the suffering of others.
More likely they just couldn't care less about the suffering of others as long as they get what they want. True Sociopaths will certainly use the suffering of others to get what they want, which is mainly feathering their nest...

And Krag is correct. All too many administrators are sociopaths as they love to exercise power over others for their own self aggrandizement.
 

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They have those numbered in overall volume. You have to read how many per 100,000 to see which are the most dangerous. Logging is by far the most dangerous. Then fishermen, then pilots, then roofers.
It's even worse that that. By saying "Here are the nine deadliest jobs ", then making the list by total fatalities instead of rate per number of workers, it's possible that the nine deadliest jobs aren't even on the list anywhere! Just another example of today's media illiteracy.
 

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It's even worse that that. By saying "Here are the nine deadliest jobs ", then making the list by total fatalities instead of rate per number of workers, it's possible that the nine deadliest jobs aren't even on the list anywhere! Just another example of today's media illiteracy.
No, no, no...Logging has been there like forever. Lots of people think they can cheat but gravity kills and always with disastrous results. What I wana know is why mercenaries and girls of the night/daytime are not on the list. Seems to me somebody is fudging the numbers.