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These are the most dangerous jobs in the US — and how much they pay

Ann Schmidt

The most dangerous job in the U.S. has a median annual wage of only $40,650, according to a recent report.

On Tuesday, 24/7 Wall Street published a report that found the most dangerous jobs in America and the median annual salary of each position.

At the top of the list were logging workers. That career had a fatal injury rate of 97.6 per 100,000 workers in 2018, with the most common cause of deadly injury being contact with objects and equipment, 24/7 Wall Street reported.

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For its report, the website evaluated deadly injury rates for 71 jobs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program, 24/7 Wall Street reported.

24/7 Wall Street’s report published the 25 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The report also noted each position’s fatal injury rate in 2018, the total injuries for each job in 2018 and the most common cause for fatal injuries.

To calculate each position’s median annual wage, the website used data from the BLS’ Occupational Employment Statistics program.

The most dangerous jobs included: industrial truck and tractor operators; athletes, coaches, umpires and related workers; heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers; electricians; and bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists.

Other dangerous jobs that were named were: operating engineers and other construction equipment operators; mining machine operators; maintenance and repair workers; construction laborers; police and sheriff’s patrol officers; first-line supervisors of mechanics, installers and repairers; helpers of construction trades; miscellaneous agricultural workers; grounds maintenance workers; and electrical power-line installers and repairers.

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To see the top results from the list, here are the 10 most dangerous jobs in the U.S. and what their median annual wage is, according to 24/7 Wall Street.

10. Landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping first-line supervisors

2018 fatal injury rate: 20.2 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $48,220

9. Construction trades and extraction workers’ first-line supervisors

2018 fatal injury rate: 21.0 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $65,230

8. Structural iron and steelworkers

2018 fatal injury rate: 23.6 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $53,970

7. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

2018 fatal injury rate: 24.7 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $67,950

6. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers

2018 fatal injury rate: 26.0 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $38,800

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5. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

2018 fatal injury rate: 44.3 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $37,260

4. Roofers

2018 fatal injury rate: 51.5 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $39,970

3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

2018 fatal injury rate: 58.9 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $115,670

2. Fishers and related fishing workers

2018 fatal injury rate: 77.4 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: N/A

1. Logging workers

2018 fatal injury rate: 97.6 per 100,000 workers

Median annual wage: $40,650

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