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The five most dangerous professions and what they pay

Pennsylvania workers in the farming industry may receive more money than the average American, but not without risk. Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers were found to be among the top five most dangerous jobs in the U.S., and workers in this profession earn a median salary of $73,210. However, since these jobs may require more technical experience than some other, lower paid jobs, it has been speculated that workers in these positions would be receiving the same salary even if their jobs did not pose a higher risk of death.

While farmers have a fatality rate of 21.3 per 100,000, truck drivers and driver sales workers have a minimally higher rate of 22.1 per 100,000; nonetheless, drivers and driver sales workers only earn a median salary of anywhere between $27,530 and $40,940. Construction laborers earn around the same amount with a median salary of $35,020. Although construction workers only had 17.4 deaths per 100,000, there were roughly 183,000 workplace injuries in one year, perhaps due to the number of construction laborers in the population. Truck drivers and driver sales workers had a reported workplace injury count of 65,000 in 2012.

Aircraft pilots and flight engineers may also be making more money regardless of the fact that they are included among the top five most dangerous jobs, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professionals earn a median wage of $129,600 per year. Fishermen and related workers, unlike aircraft pilots and flight engineers, do not need to undergo as much education, and they make a median salary of $36,840 annually.

Fishermen and related workers had the highest fatal work injury rate of the five riskiest jobs, with 117 per 100,000. Roughly 49,000 nonfatal injuries were reported in a year in this profession. Workers who suffer occupational injuries may want to speak with an attorney who deals with workers' compensation issues in order to file a claim for benefits.

Source: Wall St. Cheat Sheet, "Price of Risk: How Well Do the 5 Most Dangerous Jobs Pay?", Erika Rawes, June 28, 2014

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