When choosing a job, you might not research the chances of getting killed while at work, but the information is available for those interested in finding out.
Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles this information across a range of industries and occupations. In 2016 alone, there were 5,160 on-the-job deaths in the U.S., or about 3.6 per 100,000 people in full-time jobs with regular hours.
But some occupations have an incidence of on-the-job deaths that far outpace the average, which the insurance comparison site Insurify has compiled in its list of America’s 15 Most Dangerous Jobs. And even here, the levels of danger vary greatly: While the 15th place job on this list, electrical power line installer, has 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people, the most dangerous job of all, logging worker, has 135 deaths per 100,000.
In assessing the danger of these jobs, Insurify also provides the mean salary for each occupation, letting people gauge whether the pay is worth the risk. For instance, the third most dangerous job is “airline pilot,” which pays a mean wage of $138,690. By contrast, “fishers and related fishing workers” pays considerably less at $31,190.
In the above gallery, take a look at America’s 15 most dangerous jobs and what they tend to pay. Most of these jobs require a high school diploma or less, but a couple, like airline pilot, might demand a college education.