How dangerous is your job?

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dangerous jobsWhen many of us think of a job, we picture sitting at a cubicle, pushing paperwork around for hours at a time. Not everyone has that sort of job, however. In fact, there are a number of jobs that are downright dangerous.

CNN Money put together a list of the most dangerous jobs in America. You better watch out for more than your health if you have one of these jobs, too. Having these dangerous jobs might mean higher insurance premiums and come with other costs:


  • Logger: This job sees 91.3 deaths for every 100,000 workers. And that higher threat of death doesn’t come with pay to match, with CNN Money reporting the median wage at $33,630.
  • Fisherman: Another risky job (75 deaths for every 100,000 workers) that doesn’t pay well, being a fisherman also means you could be gone for weeks at a time.
  • Airplane pilot: With a median pay of $98,410, some think it’s worth the risk of 50.6 deaths for every 100,000 workers.
  • Roofer: We don’t often think of roofers, but it’s a job that is considered dangerous, with 38.7 deaths for every 100,000 workers.
  • Sanitation workers: With a low median wage of $22,070, it doesn’t really seem worth it for many people to do this job. After all, there are 33 deaths for every 100,000 workers.
  • Mining machine operator: Thanks to the high profile mining disasters in recent years, you might think that mining machine operator would be higher up on the list. However, it’s still dangerous, with CNN Money reporting 26.9 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  • Truck driver: There are 22 deaths per 100,000 workers when it comes to trucking. However, I assume that it’s even more dangerous for those who work routes that take them into the far north.
  • Farmers and ranchers: You wouldn’t think that farming would be one of the most dangerous jobs in America, but it is, with 21.8 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  • Power linemen: You can make pretty decent money as a power lineman (median wage is $58,210), but it’s still dangerous, with 21.5 deaths per 100,000 workers.
  • Construction workers: Finally, rounding out the top 10, is this job, which sees 17.7 deaths per 100,000 workers.

Would you do any of these dangerous jobs?