Special Report

25 Most Dangerous Jobs in America


To determine the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, 24/7 Wall St. analyzed fatal injury rates for 71 detailed occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries program. Injury rates were calculated as the number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, where a full-time worker is equivalent to 2,000 hours worked by an employee during the calendar year, and are for 2018.

Data on the number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work in 2018 came from the BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses program and are for private industry only. Data on median annual wages and total employment came from the Occupational Employment Statistics program of the BLS and are current as of May 2018. We only considered occupations for at the finest level of detail, excluding those for which two NAICS codes were combined.