Don’t let money rule your world


Putting your life on the line, enduring subhuman working conditions, for these guys, it’s all in a day’s work.

Here is a look at the world’s most dangerous jobs and the average income they make for risking their lives…

Tower Climber

Annual Income: $40,000-$60,000

Imagine climbing 1700 ft every morning to go fix a transmission line, light bulb or antenna. This poop in your pants inducing job, has more fatalities per 100,000 workers than any other job in the U.S. according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The average annual salary is surprisingly low at $41,000. In an interview with a tower climber he stated that he made about $60,000 but that was working 60 hours a week. Salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits.

Crab Fisher

Annual Income: $27,250- $150,000

Crab fishing in Alaska is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Fishing for crab in the glacial waters of the Arctic Ocean, sub-zero temperatures, waves tossing the fishing boat through arctic winds, you need to be a special kind braveheart to face perilous conditions like these. There are different Alaska crab fishing seasons, which can affect total salary. The “normal” crab fishing season is for king crab and is in the fall.In the 80′s during the king crab boom, boat captains could regularly earn US$150k a season. Salary range can vary based on crab prices that season, the boat’s performance and the person’s experience. Experienced Alaskan crab fishermen are able to earn as much as $60,000 for a few months work out of the year.

Timber Cutter

Annual Income: ~$60,000

People who cut down trees have an accident rate of 118 per 100,000 workers and most of the deaths occur due to falling trees. Timber cutters earn around $60,000 US dollars over a ten month period.  You don’t want to be hunting from your tree stands when these dudes show up for work.

Airplane Pilot

Annual Income: $50,000-$160,000

According to a CNN report, it’s not the commercial airline pilots who suffer high rates of on-the-job fatalities. It’s the bush pilots, the air-taxi operators and the small commercial flyers that have almost 70 deaths per 100,000 workers. One of the biggest factors is weather conditions. Pilots flying in Alaska have the highest fatality rate of all due to long flights, unpredictable weather and improper landing conditions. Airline pilots in the US can have salaries as low as $50,000 and as high as $160,000 annually, depending on the flying experience and technical expertise of the pilot. The salary of a military pilot is usually between $21,000 to $99,000 annually.

Coal Miner

Annual Income:$45,000-$60,000

Considering what just happened in Chile it is easy to understand why mining is one of the world’s most dangerous jobs. In 2004, a total of 5,703 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States, an increase of 2 percent from the 5,575 fatal work injuries that were reported in 2003. Mining workers have do their work underground, in less than favourable conditions,with hardly any or air.

Military Officer

Annual Income: $59,454 - $93,635

In times of combat, military service members, especially those that serve near the front lines, are putting their life on the line for their country. One of the most dangerous jobs within the military is explosive ordnance disposal EOD (disarming explosive devices, diffusing chemical weapons). Combat Controllers and Pararescuers are other highly hazardous jobs. Jobs in the armed forces can range between $59,454 - $93,635. The pay is based off rank and time in service.

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  2. Ahmed Says:

    But you have only one life :-)

  3. gid Says:

    Whilst im aware you had officers in the title, you should clarify that this is officers only. Your average grunt earns nowhere near 59k
    I made 42k and that was in a year i spent 9 months in Astan.





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