According to data from the Bureau of Labor statistics of the nine jobs that are considered the most deadly, most don’t compensate workers all that well. In fact, with the exception of aircraft pilots, the average salary for the deadliest jobs is only $46,435 a year, which is $2,287 less than the average across all professions.
So, what are the most deadly jobs in the country? Well, the absolute worst are driving sales workers and truck drivers, which saw 918 fatalities in 2016, or 24.7 per 100,000 workers. As for the average wage, they make $28,000 and $34,790, respectively
The Nine Deadliest Jobs In The U.S.(Fatalities in 2016, average wage)
- Driving sales workers and truck drivers (918 fatalities, $28,440/$34,790)
- Farmers (260 deaths, $27,810)
- Grounds maintenance workers (260, $28,010)
- Construction workers (134, $37,890)
- Roofers (101, $42,080)
- Loggers (91, $38,880)
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers (75, $86,260)
- Refuse and recyclable material collectors (31, $37,690)
- Fishing workers (24, $30,740)
Are you surprised by the amount of deaths among farmers? Who knew growing crops or raising livestock was so dangerous! USA Today goes into more detail, but out of every occupation on this list, farmer is the one that surprises me the most.