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9. Roofer

Salary: $34,220
Change From 2012: Down 15

"That has a lot to do with the decline in the housing market," Lee said.

You might think that with Hurricane Sandy and other home-damaging events last year that that might have offset some of the loss of work due to a weak housing market but Lee said repair is a small part of the roofing industry – the bulk of it is new construction.

And, it was always a dangerous job with low pay to begin with. Add in the tough outlook and that lands this job squarely on the worst list.


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