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Average salaries for dangerous occupations

While all employees in North Carolina and throughout the nation may face risk at their jobs, some occupations may require workers to encounter a higher risk of injury or death when compared to others. According to a recent article, some of the most dangerous jobs may not offer salaries that reflect the danger level for workers.

Truck drivers and certain delivery workers face a rate of deadly workplace injuries of more than 22 fatalities per 100,000 workers. For this job field, more than 60,000 nonfatal workplace injuries occurred in 2012. Despite these risks, the median pay for these workers was between approximately $27,000 and $40,000.

Construction work is another occupation where workers may receive a relatively low rate of pay while facing an enhanced risk of work injuries. The rate of fatal workplace injuries for construction workers was more than 17 fatalities per 100,000 laborers, and there were more than 180,000 non-deadly injuries in one year. Despite these risks, the median pay for laborers in construction was approximately $35,000. Fishing personnel also receive a low median pay while facing a high risk of workplace fatalities.

Some high-risk occupations may pay well. The median salary for pilots and flight engineers is more than $125,000, and these workers face a deadly injury rate of approximately 53 fatalities per 100,000 workers. Similarly, individuals who work as ranchers, farmers, or managers in the agricultural field have a median pay of more than $73,000 while facing a risk of deadly workplace injury of approximately 21 fatalities per 100,000 workers.

People who work in these fields face the risk of injury and death often. High-risk workers and their families may need to seek workers’ compensation after an accident occurs. An attorney familiar with workers’ compensation claims may be able to help a victim or their family members obtain compensation.

Source: Wall St. Cheat Sheet, “Price of Risk: How Well Do the 5 Most Dangerous Jobs Pay?“, Erika Rawes, June 28, 2014


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