Most Dangerous Jobs in the US


The goal is to determine the top 20 most dangerous jobs in the United States by fatality rate in order to create an infographic.

Early Findings



  • Loggers experience a fatality rate of 87.3 per 100,000 workers.
  • The most common fatalities occur from workers being struck by falling logs or branches, as well as rolling logs while using a chainsaw.
  • The average salary of a logger is $38,840.


  • Aircraft pilots experience a fatality rate of 51.3 per 100,000 workers.
  • Naturally, most fatalities occur during transportation. The most common causes of injuries and fatalities include loss of control while in-flight, impact with land, system failures, and midair collisions.
  • The average wage of a pilot is $111,930 per year.


Recyclable Material Collectors

  • Workers that collect refuse or recyclable materials experience a fatality rate of 34.9 per 100,000 workers.
  • The main reason for their high fatality rate is vehicle collisions, which occur because these workers are constantly traveling to and from sites collecting items.
  • The average wage of these type of workers is $36,160 per year.

Proposed next steps:

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As this information is, for the most part, readily available, we can continue identifying 10-15 additional top dangerous jobs in the united states. For each, we will provide the job type, median salary, type of degree required (or average education level), most common fatality cause, and fatality rate.
Alternatively, we can provide a deeper dive of the top 4-5 most dangerous jobs (mentioned above) in the United States. For each, we will provide the number of workers in that category in the US, other common injuries and fatalities, how they are being prevented, and any available regional distribution of workers (i.e. there are many more fishermen in Alaska than other areas).