What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in the World?

alex atkins bookshelf cultureMost people enjoy their work, despite the fact that there are always some complaints — however minor or significant –regarding the workplace. But let’s look at the bright side — at least you don’t have to worry about risking your life to do your job. Or expressed another way: at least your job will not kill you.

Take a look at the list of the most dangerous jobs in the world. It’s sobering, isn’t it? Imagine leaving for work each day and having to ponder that this might be the last day of your life. And even worse — the salaries that you would earn in these jobs do not even factor in the level of danger that you would be exposed to on a daily basis. For example, in two most dangerous industries, logging and fishing, workers only earn an average salary of $32,870 and $25,590, respectively. And note, that to live comfortably in America, you need to earn around $39,000 to $50,000 (depending on what city you live in, and excluding the outliers) according to a recent cost-of-living survey conducted by GoBankingRates. Certainly, it prompts the question: is it really worth it to do this job? For many workers, due to a variety of circumstances, a job in a safer industry is not necessarily a viable option. So the next time you open your front door (made of wood) and step into your house (framed with lumber) or have fish for dinner, think for a moment of the brave souls who risked their lives to provide those elements of modern life. Or the next time you get frustrated at work for some minor annoyance, consider that you don’t have to carry a load of rivets on a narrow iron girder 840 feet above the city streets (recall the famous “Lunch atop a Skyscraper from the 1930s).

Here is the list of the most dangerous jobs in the world, the salaries, and the number of fatalities per 100 workers.

Logging Worker
Average annual salary: $32,870
Death per 100 workers: 127.8
Fast fact: Housing boom has forced industry to hire more inexperienced workers who are prone to more accidents

Fishermen
Average annual salary: $25,590
Death per 100 workers: 117
Fast fact: Most deaths are due to vessel disasters or falling overboard

Aircraft Pilots
Average annual salary: $76,050
Death per 100 workers: 53.4
Fast fact: Private planes have highest mortality rates because the planes are not well-maintained

Roofers
Average annual salary: $34,220
Death per 100 workers: 40.5
Fast fact: Most deaths are due to falls

Mining Machine Operators
Average annual salary: $37,230 to $89,440
Death per 100 workers: 37
Fast fact: Most deaths are due to cave-ins, flooding, elevator problems, and lung and respiratory disease

Garbage Collectors
Average annual salary: $34,220
Death per 100 workers: 27.1
Fast fact: Most fatalities are due to traffic or machine accidents

Power-line Workers
Average annual salary: $62,300
Death per 100 workers: 23
Fast fact: Most deaths are due to exposure to harmful substances in environment

Truck Drivers
Average annual salary: $37,930
Death per 100 workers: 22.1
Fast fact: Drivers typically drive for 11 hours at a stretch

Agricultural Workers
Average annual salary: $73,700
Death per 100 workers: 21.3
Fast fact: 23% of injuries are due to machinery

Construction Workers
Average annual salary: $34,500
Death per 100 workers: 17.4
Fast fact: Most fatalities are due to falls

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For further reading: http://ehstoday.com/safety/world-s-most-dangerous-jobs-are-they-worth-it-infographic
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/how-much-money-you-need-t_b_9728876.html

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2 responses to “What Are the Most Dangerous Jobs in the World?

  • Liz C.

    This is really interesting. I’ve always been in awe of construction workers I see in the city when a building is being made. They’re way up there working really high up, and I feel like everyday is such a dangerous day for them to go to work…

    Thanks for sharing and reminding me how fortunate I still am with my job.

    • Alexander Atkins

      Hi Liz: Thanks so much for your note. Yes, you are right — construction workers take great risks. I always think of the iconic “Lunch Atop Skyscraper” photo from the 1930s — 11 brave, but perhaps a little crazy, men eating their lunch while sitting on a single iron girder. Makes a bag lunch sitting at a computer desk seem quite glorious. Cheers. Alex

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