If you have an occupation that falls within the farming or construction industries, it probably comes as no surprise to you that the two industries regularly rank as America’s most dangerous jobs. Your friends who work in other industries are fortunate because they have a lower risk of being injured or killed than you do every day that you go to work, and most of these dangerous occupations pay a relatively low wage or salary. Our list was compiled from information from The Chronicle, which broke down the statistics reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for 2014 and Forbes.com, which used information from CareerCast.com and data from the BLS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to come up with the most dangerous jobs list for this past year.
Reflecting on 2014 Most Dangerous Occupations
In 2014, the following occupations were listed as the most dangerous in the U.S. While some are easy to guess, others may come as a surprise.
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
- Reuse and recyclable material collectors
- Farmers, ranchers, other agricultural workers
- Structural iron and steel workers
- Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
- Electric power-line installers and repairers
- First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
Dangerous Jobs According to Injury and Fatality Rate
Not much has changed since the 2014 list, statistic-wise, however Forbes added several more occupations to that list. Those included:
- Firefighters: The industry reports a 12.1% injury rate. Some of the risks include smoke inhalation and burns. Firefighters are listed with a median annual salary of just over $45k.
- Police Officers: The BLS listed police officers in the top six professions that lost time off work due to injuries. The median annual salary for police officers is more than $60k.
- Construction workers: Often working at great heights and operating heavy equipment, construction workers are listed with the highest rate of injuries and fatalities for all occupations in the U.S. At a low $30k median salary, it makes you wonder if the risk is worth it.
- Emergency Medical Technicians: Workers in the emergency medical technician field sustained more than 20,000 workplace injuries in 2016. Like construction workers, they, too, have a low median salary of less than $32k.
- Drivers: Whether you are a truck driver or a taxi driver, you are on the roads the entire time you are working. Considering the National Safety Council reported 4.4 million people sustained injuries and 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, driving is definitely a risky business. Taxi drivers earned a median salary of a little over $23k plus tips and truck drivers earned a median salary of a little over $40k last year.
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