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Lowest-Paying, Most Dangerous Jobs

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-07-18T07:03:50Z

Photograph by Arnulf Husmo/Getty Images

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10 of 11

1. Fishermen & Fishery Related

Dead-end-job score: 2.8

Annual fatality rate per 100,000: 121.2

Median annual wages: $33,430

Methodology: Bloomberg ranked U.S. occupations based on the ratio of wages to on-the-job fatalities. All occupations from the BLS's Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities database were initially included. Those jobs that did not have corresponding wage data from the BLS's Occupational Employment Statistics database were then excluded. Finally, select jobs that were deemed too broad or overlapped with other occupations were excluded from the final list. The Dead-end-job score was calculated by dividing the annual wages of each job with its corresponding fatality rate, and dividing the result by 100. A lower score indicates a lower ratio of wages to on-the-job deaths. The fatality rate is the number of deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers (working 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year). Workers under the age of 16, volunteers, and military occupations are not included. Fatality rates are from 2011 and include the BLS's revised figures released April 25, 2013. Data on wages are from May 2012.