Conventional wisdom holds that the more dangerous your job is, the more well compensated you are likely to be. But when it comes down to some of the world’s deadliest careers, the salary ranges might surprise you. While some of them pull in major cash, others resemble the earnings of a much more comfy (and less life-threatening) job.
And the downsides don’t end there. In addition to be dangerous, these jobs can also be mentally distressing, physically draining and just plain bad for your health. Before you even start to consider work accident compensation or benefits, weigh the advantages of these salaries and decide, is the pay worth the pain?
Working on an oil rig
Not only is it life threatening, but you can also add “dirty” to the unpleasantries of this job description. Imagine being covered in grit, having to live on an oil rig at sea for several months at a time and wearing earplugs constantly to protect your hearing from loud machines. It’s far from a dream job, but because oil is big business, even salaries on the lower end are quite generous at around £40,000. And for toughing it out and gaining experience, you can expect to take home upwards of £65,000.
No need to explain the dangers of this job. But with the risks ranging from losing a limb to losing your life, it’s a surprise that these valiant professionals don’t get paid more for dismantling and disposing of explosive devices. The average salary for a bomb expert is a mere £35,000.
This one seems to fall in the middle, depending on how much experience you have. While it may seem pretty cool to fly at low levels and lower speeds, crop dusting actually means that these pilots come into contact with dangerous chemical mixtures on a daily basis. Not to mention, they could easily hit a power line or water silo, leading to the potential for some pretty serious injuries. On average, they make around $54,000 US dollars annually, which could be a good living, depending on where you spend it.
Deep sea crab fishing
This is no relaxing day on the shore. Deep-sea fishers face dangerous storms, exhausting workdays that can last more than 20 hours and the threat of heavy machinery swinging wildly on deck. And as the Daily Mail put it, crab fishing increases your likely mortality rate by a factor of 50. To top it all off, they’re usually paid based on how much they can catch, which rules out the likelihood of a steady paycheck. On average, a deep-sea crab fisher can make around 30,000 US dollars a year, but top-notch crew can nearly double that salary.
Deborah Jenkins has an established career in recruitment and emplyment