Top 10 Worst Jobs in USA

America Worst Jobs

If you think your job is bad, think twice… unless you’ve got one of the “worst” jobs in America today. It isn’t much of a surprise that many of these low-rated jobs overlap with the most dangerous jobs. What’s more, none have an annual salary above $40,000. JobsRated.com has released a comprehensive ranking of the worst occupations, based upon several key criteria, including salary, stress and physical demand. What are the ten worst jobs in the country?

10. Iron Worker

Worst job - iron worker

This job requires you to work with hot metal, usually at great heights and for little reward. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median hourly income of Iron Workers below $20. Work can be  irregular at times, because of bad weather, the short-term nature of construction jobs and economic downturns. Beware: This job category has the fourth-highest fatality rate in the country, at 61.0 deaths per 100,000 workers.

9. Roustabout

Worst job - roustabout

If you’re not sure what a Roustabout is, you’re probably not alone. A relatively specialized field, roustabouts perform maintenance on oil rigs and pipelines, using hand and power tools. The BLS expects the demand for roustabouts to decline slowly over the next decade. Median Salary: $29,000

8. Welder

worst job - welder

The job of a welder involves melting metal joints together, usually behind a protective mask and visor to prevent serious injury.  The BLS  says only the top 10 percent of welders earn above $22.50 an hour.

7. Garbage Collector

worst job - garbage collector

No need to describe this one. Although wages vary significantly based upon experience and responsibilities, the BLS lists median hourly earnings at just $13.93. Garbage collectors also rank as the sixth deadliest job in America, with a fatality rate of 41.8 per 100,000 jobs.

6. Roofer

worst job - roofer

The BLS reports that most job openings in this field “arise from the need to replace those who leave the occupation because the work is hot, strenuous, and dirty, causing many people to switch to jobs in other construction trades.” With a median hourly wage of $15.51, being a high-flying roofer is still near the bottom of the barrel.

5. Emergency Medical Technician

worst job - medic

People’s lives often depend on EMTs and other first responders, so they’re on-call 24 hours a day, which tends to result in quite irregular hours. Although wages vary by region, median annual pay is $27,070, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

4. Seaman

worst job - seaman

A broad category, it includes boat workers and fishermen, who tend to spend long periods of time at sea in cramped circumstances and poor weather conditions. Fishermen also have the deadliest job in the country, with a 141.7 fatality rate per 100,000. Not the kind of odds most people would take for a median salary of $34,000 per year.

3. Taxi Driver

worst job - taxi driver

Although many taxi drivers and chauffeurs have extremely flexible schedules and generally work unsupervised, the job still ranks near the bottom. The BLS estimates there are approximately 229,000 jobs of this nature in the country. Although wages vary greatly based on location, type of company and  amount of tips, the median hourly wage is $10.62.

2. Dairy Farmer

worst job - farmer

Raising cattle for milk production entails strenuous labor, long hours and poor working conditions, Various government estimates put net income at just over $15,000 a year. Wages do not include government subsidies and can vary with fluctuations in commodity prices and  market demand.

1. Lumberjack

worst job - lumberjack

That’s right, being a Lumberjack is the worst job in America, based upon the study by JobsRated.com. These workers spend all their time outdoors, in poor weather, and often in isolated areas. It’s also the third most deadly  occupation with a fatality rate of 82.1 per 100,000 jobs per year. Long hours, a high -stress environment, strenuous work and low pay – often starting at minimum wage, with a median hourly wage at $13.80 – all contribute to make this the #1 worst job in the country.

source: HERE



  1. Well, even these jobs are better than to be jobless

    • Orlando C. /

      I’m a Union ironworker and my full package is $58.34. My taxable rate is $34.47 FYI

  2. cosmetic dentistry /

    I pay a quick visit everyday some web pages and sites to read content, however this web site presents feature
    based posts.

  3. Shirlee /

    I never thought about lumberjack being number 1. I was thinking about construction worker being the worst because of the dangerous environment. Anyway, there’s a lot more jobs even worst that what is listed here. I realized it while watching Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs with Mike Row. So you think your job s*cks huh?

  4. tom /

    Whoever made this list is a complete idiot. Ignorant idiot who doesn’t know the first thing about any of these jobs.

  5. applying loan /

    all the time i used to read smaller posts that as well clear their
    motive, and that is also happening with this article which I am reading at this time.

  6. Dr. Jasbir Singh /

    What is the average earning of medical graduate in USA?

  7. kyle depaoli /

    lol, ironworkers on the list…. i get 38.14 plus ridiculous package including; pension,annuities,vacation,medical,dental… lots of other hookups with all kinds of shit … pIronworklus i get to be a savage all day and nobody tells on you… Ironworkers local 86 Seattle !!

  8. jmen /

    Im a local 40 ironworker and a friend of mine fell off a skyscraper at 22years old. So dont talk about gettin paid good because how much you think you make wen ur dead ur family gets money but there no amount of money your life is worth more

  9. Who ever made this article is a moron. Really, dairy farmers only make $15,000?? You know nothing, most dairy farmers make well over 100k a year. Also, your wage stats for most the other careers are way off, I make over $40/h as a welder. Clearly you’re just some isolated moron living in a dark basement you can barely afford trying to make it big as a writer. Thank god no real publishers will post your b/s. Get a real job.


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