The Top 10 most dangerous jobs in America


According to the 2012 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, more than 4,000 people were killed on the job in 2012.

The good news is that number is down nearly 30 percent from a decade prior, a sign that efforts to keep workers safer are successful.

Still, thousands of people in the United States risk their lives everyday at work. analyzed the 2012 data and put together a list of America's most dangerous jobs.

The deadliest? Logging.

For an average salary of just under $35,000 per year, loggers operate hazardous equipment and dodge falling trees in a rugged landscape, according to the personal finance website. The industry has the highest fatal work injury rate of any other occupation -- nearly 130 deaths per every 100,000 workers.

However, the most fatalities in 2012 occurred among commercial drivers. Deadly transportation accidents accounted for more than 40 percent of worker deaths, FinancesOnline says.

Here's the full list:

10. Construction workers

9. Farmers, ranchers and agricultural managers

8. Drivers/sales workers, truck drivers

7. Electrical power line installers and repairers

6. Refuse, Recyclable material collectors

5. Structural iron and steel workers

4. Roofers

3. Pilots, flight engineers

2. Fishers, fishing workers

1. Loggers

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