Pilots Included In "Most Dangerous Jobs" List

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Sure, flying has always been associated with some element of risk, but a recent government study says it's downright dangerous as jobs go. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America for 2002. In the report, examined by CNN and Money Magazine, pilots and navigators collectively were listed as having the third most dangerous jobs, following timber cutters and fishers. The CNN/Money article, cites the survey as claiming that commercial pilots died on the job at the rate of 70 per 100,000 workers. According to the report, recent National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety stats indicate Alaskan pilots have a fatality rate four times higher than those in the lower 48 and therefore greatly influenced the data collected. The report also listed the average pay for each category and said money doesn't match the risk. "Even though pilots flying small planes have a much higher fatality rate than pilots flying big airline jets, they're not financially compensated for the added danger; non-jet pilots average about $52,000 a year in pay while jetliner pilots make about $92,000," the report said. In case you’re wondering, timber fallers suffered 118 fatalities per 10,000 workers and fishers edged pilots and navigators for second spot with 71.