The Most Dangerous Jobs in America & What They Pay


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The infographic, by Term Life Insurance, shows the most hazardous jobs in America and what they pay. The infographic begins by stating that in 2009, 4,340 workers lost their lives due to fatal occupational injuries in the USA. The infographic is meant to examine the most dangerous jobs, the risks of each occupation, and what you can expect to get paid for potentially putting your life in harm’s way.

The bottom of the infographic includes a key that explains the different types of accidents, which include transportation incidents, contact with objects and equipment, assaults and violent acts, falls, exposure to harmful substances, fires and explosions. The other part of the key shows an expected wage using dollar signs. Finally, the key explains that the number next to each job type is the fatal work injury rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers.

The jobs are ranked by this final number, with fishers having the largest fatal work injury rate at 20 fatalities per 10,000 workers. Of these fishers, most get paid $20-$30K/year while the top tier can expect to earn $50-$60K/year. Out of all the workers, only pilots get paid a six figure salary, which seems pretty unfair considering all of these jobs do quote a lot for our country and risk quote a lot to do it.

In the end, the infographic is pretty clear and does a great job of making its point. If there was one thing I could change it would be to put the key at the top of the graphic instead of the bottom, because the infographic is confusion for anyone looking at it above the fold, which is when most people will decide whether or not to scroll and see the entire graphic.

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