The 25 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

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There are roughly one million farmers and ranchers in the U.S., most of whom are self-employed. Their jobs can require them to work with livestock and large machinery, but of the 260 fatalities in 2016, the majority were from incidents with motorized vehicles. Getty Images
7. Delivery truck drivers

Fatal injuries in 2016:
24.7 per 100,000 workers
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Once again, spending your workday driving means gambling with your life: There were 918 deaths among delivery truck drivers and 80,180 injuries—nearly three times more than any other job. Getty Images
6. Structural iron and steelworkers

Fatal injuries in 2016:
25.1 per 100,000 workers
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 60,000 iron and steel workers in the U.S. in 2016. That same year saw 25.1 deaths per 100,000, more than half of which were caused by a fall or slip. Getty Images
5. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Fatal injuries in 2016:
34.1 per 100,000 workers
Total: 31 fatal injuries, 6,170 nonfatal injuries
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Yup, trash collection is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country—responsible for 31 deaths and 6,170 nonfatal injuries in 2016 alone. Most fatalities were caused by either the truck or the collector getting hit by another vehicle.

So it doesn’t seem fair that they only make about $34,000 a year, far less than the average U.S. salary of about $52,000.
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4. Roofers

Fatal injuries in 2016:
48.6 per 100,000 workers
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Working at such heights places roofers near the top of the list of most dangerous jobs: There were 101 deaths in 2016, or 48.6 per 100,000 workers. Getty Images
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3. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

Fatal injuries in 2016:
55.5 per 100,000 workers
Total: 75 fatal injuries, 470 nonfatal injuries
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Apparently, the only thing more dangerous than being on the road is being in the sky: In 2016, 75 pilots and flight engineers died on the job, almost all due to accidents. That might explain why the median salary for the occupation is $161,280. Getty Images
2. Commercial Fishers

Fatal injuries in 2016:
86.0 per 100,000 workers
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