20 Jobs That Could Kill You

Fishing, mining not for the faint of heart
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2010 1:38 PM CDT
20 Jobs That Could Kill You
A coal miner who would only identify himself as Chris speaks about the miners who died in a Monday evening explosion at Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., Wednesday, April 7, 2010.   (AP Photo/Bob Bird)

Tunneling deep into the earth is dangerous business, as West Virginian miners were reminded this week. With that in mind, the Daily Beast takes a look at the most dangerous professions, broken down by deaths per 100,000, injuries per 100,000, and average annual salary:

  1. Fisherman: 129 deaths, 61 injuries, $27,950 salary
  2. Logger: 116 deaths, 7 injuries, $30,360 salary
  3. Farmer/rancher: 40 deaths. 7 injuries, $49,140 salary

  1. Structural construction worker: 46 deaths, 6 injuries, $47,170 salary
  2. Sanitation worker: 37 deaths, 5 injuries, $32,790 salary
  3. Airplane pilot: 72 deaths, 2 injuries, $111,680 salary
  4. Roofer: 34 deaths, 3 injuries, $37,430 salary
  5. Coal miner: 22 deaths, 6 injuries, $46,540 salary
  6. Merchant mariners: 23 deaths, 5 injuries, $61,960 salary
  7. Miller: 12 deaths, 9 injuries, $37,400 salary
For the rest of the list, click here.

(Read more coal mining stories.)

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