Study Reveals America’s 15 Most Dangerous Jobs: Is Your Career on the List?

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In 2021, more than 2.6 million private-sector workers in the US experienced work injuries and illnesses, with 5,190 of them being fatal, the highest annual rate since 2016. To identify the 15 most dangerous jobs, GOBankingRates used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on fatal injury rates per 100,000 workers, along with salary information for each job.

1. Construction Laborers

Construction labourers are the men and women responsible for helping with all phases of building construction. Despite a relatively low salary, they often work in dangerous environments and with dangerous equipment such as jackhammers and boring machines.

  • Danger: 26.32
  • Salary: $37,520

2. Painters (Construction and Maintenance)

Construction and maintenance painters put the finishing touches on building interiors and exteriors as well as on machinery, bridges and other structures. Working in awkward positions, on ladders and sometimes at extreme heights, puts these painters at high risk of suffering a fatal injury.

  • Danger: 27.08
  • Salary: $45,590

3. Audiovisual Equipment Installers and Repairers

Jobs in this occupation run the gamut from electronic technician to television repair to satellite installer. While danger levels also span a wide range, this is a risky career choice overall.

  • Danger: 27.86
  • Salary: $44,790

4. First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service and Groundskeeping Workers

You might think the individuals who supervise landscapers and lawn and grounds workers would have a pretty safe job. Not so, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Keep in mind that while some engaged in this line of work service the area around buildings and structures, others work in highway, street and bridge construction, which is potentially more dangerous.

  • Danger: 35.23
  • Salary: $55,770

5. Sailors and Marine Oilers

Sailors and marine oilers have varied duties that include ensuring their ships steer clear of obstructions and shallow water. They also operate cargo-handling, rigging and running equipment, maintain the ship and respond to emergencies — all of which make this a risky profession.

Danger: 37.58
Salary: $53,350


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