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5 of the deadliest jobs in the country

You got laid off when your previous company downsized, and you've just been offered a new job. Your first considerations are things like wages and hours, of course, but you also find yourself wondering what the risks look like. How dangerous would it be to start a new career? If the risk is too great, do you want to wait for the next offer?

It's a valid question, though one that workers often don't ask until they get hurt; families can also find themselves reading the statistics for the first time after a loved one -- and the main earner for the family -- is killed. To learn where you stand in advance, take a look at five of the deadliest jobs.

1. Logging.

The days of lumberjacks riding down the river on floats of logs may be behind us, but logging is still a viable industry with an average salary of $37,640. It also has an incredibly high fatality rate, with 2014 numbers putting it at 110.9 deaths for every 100,000 workers.

It is worth noting that there were only 78 deaths in 2014. The higher rate is due to the relatively small size of the logging industry, with under 100,000 workers.

2. Fishing.

Fishing may be great on your day off, a relaxing way to spend an afternoon, but it's brutal as a profession. About 80.8 workers are killed out of every 100,000. This also is a small industry, so there were only 22 deaths in 2014, but the rate still shows the risks are high. Plus, the average salary comes in at just $29,970.

3. Piloting.

As a passenger, the odds of dying in a plane are very small, but pilots are in the air every day. In 2014, a total of 82 pilots and flight engineers passed away. That's a rate of 64 for every 100,000 workers. The good news is that the average annual salary for airline pilots was $119,360.

4. Roofing.

Falls are a huge issue in the construction industry, and they're even more of a danger for those who work exclusively on roofing projects. The fatality rate comes in at 47.4 for every 100,000 roofers. The salary to take on that risk is an average of $40,630 per year.

5. Garbage collecting.

You may not see the garbage truck go by and think about how dangerous that job is, but the reality is that any job that puts you in traffic all day long comes with some level of risk. For garbage collectors, the fatality rate is 35.8 out of every 100,000 workers. They only earn $36,370 per year.

Every job has risks, and it's wise to know what they are. If you've been injured on the job, or if a loved one has been killed, it's also important to know your legal rights.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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