Americans across the country may pour their hours and effort into their jobs, but some actually put their lives in danger when they go to work each day.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) analyzed fatality data from 2016 and found that among civilians, nine industries are significantly more dangerous than others. What's more, the dangerous work they do rarely pays off in terms of compensation.
Job site Adzuna crunched this data from BLS and found that excluding aircraft pilots, the most dangerous jobs pay workers an average of $46,435 a year — that's $2,287 less than the average current earnings across all professions in the United States.
Here are the nine deadliest jobs and what they pay:
Fatalities in 2016: 24
Fatal work injury rate: 86.0 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $30,740
Fatalities in 2016: 31
Fatal work injury rate: 34.1 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $37,690
Fatalities in 2016: 75
Fatal work injury rate: 55.5 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $86,260
Fatalities in 2016: 91
Fatal work injury rate: 135.9 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $38,880
Fatalities in 2016: 101
Fatal work injury rate: 48.6 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $42,080
Fatalities in 2016: 134
Fatal work injury rate: 18.0 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $37,890
Fatalities in 2016: 217
Fatal work injury rate: 17.4 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $28,010
Fatalities in 2016: 260
Fatal work injury rate: 23.1 per 100,000 workers
Average wage: $27,810
Fatalities in 2016: 918
Fatal work injury rate: 24.7 per 100,000 workers
According to Adzuna and the BLS, driving is the deadliest job in the United States, with 918 fatalities in 2016.
The job with the highest fatal injury rate, however, was logging. There are 135.9 fatal work injuries per 100,000 workers in the logging industry — an significant figure given that the fatal injury rate among all workers is just 3.6.
While the workplace has steadily become safer over the past century, the number of workplace fatalities actually increased by 7 percent in the private sector and 9 percent among government workers in 2016. During the year of the study, there were 5,190 workplace fatalities.
"The premium for working in hazardous conditions is often low, or non-existent in the case of fishing workers, refuse collectors and those doing logging jobs. This begs the question of whether the risk is worth the reward," says Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, noting that "5,190 fatalities in 2016, is 5,190 fatalities too many. We need to invest more into making sure every job is safe."
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