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10 of the most dangerous jobs in the US

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By Jean Chatzky

More than 4,500 annual workplace deaths | Digital Vision/Getty Images

Logging workers

Logging workers | Noah Clayton/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 109.5 per 100,000 workers, 77 total

Risk factors: Total logging fatalities in the U.S. increased from 59 to 77 between 2013 and 2014

Dangers abound when you spend most of your days outside with heavy machinery, often in bad weather and occasionally, high altitudes.

Median annual salary: $35,160


Fishers and related fishing workers

Fishers and related fishing workers | Peter Muller/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 80.8 per 100,000 workers, 22 total

Risk factors: Forget the idea of the leisurely fisherman. Fishers and fishing workers have, on average, some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Malfunctioning gear, inclement weather and transportation incidents all contribute to this profession's fatality rate, the 2nd highest in the country.

Median annual salary: $32,250


Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers | James Lauritz/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 63.2 per 100,000 workers, 81 total

Risk factors: Though pilots are often financially compensated for the inherent dangers and responsibilities of their jobs, no amount of money can change the fact that it's a long way down.

Median annual salary: $118,140 airline, $75,620 commercial.


Roofers

Roofers | Huntstock/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 46.2 per 100,000 workers, 81 total

Risk factors: It doesn't take a history in roofing to know the biggest danger is not a sunburn or a hammered finger. Falls are the leading culprit in fatal injuries, while other nonfatal injuries such as fractures make general construction work among the most injury-prone jobs.

Median annual salary: $35,760


Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Refuse and recyclable material collectors | kozmoat98/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 35.8 per 100,000 workers, 27 total

Risk factors: Trash and recyclable collectors don't get enough credit for maintaining order in society. Trash collector strikes are never a pretty thing and neither is the high fatality rate.

Median annual salary: $33,660


Farmers, ranchers, agricultural managers

Farmers, ranchers, agricultural managers | Avalon_Studio/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 26 per 100,000 workers; 263 total

Risk factors: Working the land may be one of the oldest professions, but new efficient technology has done little to make the job any safer. Long hours and close, consistent contact with heavy machinery and equipment represent the bulk of injuries and fatalities on the job, which is largely represented by transportation incidents.

Median annual salary: $68,050


Structural iron and steel workers

Structural iron and steel workers | sasintipchai/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 25.2 per 100,000 workers, 15 total

Risk factors: Structural iron and steel workers install iron or steel beams and use cranes to lift the beams. Falls, slips and trips give ironworkers one of the highest rates of injuries of all occupations, according to the BLS.

Median annual salary: $48,520


Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

Driver/sales workers and truck drivers | Jetta Productions/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 23.4 per 100,000 workers, 835 total

Risk factors: Truck drivers may get to enjoy seeing the countryside, but long hours on the road take a toll. Even the most vigilant of drivers sometimes breaks down under heavy pressure to produce. Traffic accidents are the major cause of fatalities among this group, according to the BLS.

Median annual salary: $22,250 to $39,520


Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Electrical power-line installers and repairers | TerryHealy/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 19.2 per 100,000 workers, 25 total

Risk factors: Despite numerous safety precautions, electric power line installers and repairers face potentially deadly conditions on a daily basis. Electrocution and falls account for the lion's share of fatalities in these jobs.

Median annual salary: $65,930


First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Electrical power-line installers and repairers | TerryHealy/Getty Images

Fatality rate: 17.9 per 100,000 workers, 130 total

Risk factors: Because they directly supervise their employees, the first-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers are exposed to the same dangers. Transportation incidents and falls, slips or trips account for the majority of the fatalities.

Median annual salary: $60,990

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