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5 Dangerous Jobs That Pay Ridiculously Well

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Although many individuals are okay with a normal routine, standard eight-to-four or nine-to-five schedule, and safe work environment, some prefer more adventurous types of employment. If you are one of those who enjoys a riskier way to earn a paycheck, here are five dangerous, but highly compensated jobs you may consider for your next career move.


1. Logger


Also referred to as a lumberjack or woodsman, this job presents a high-risk due to falling objects such as limbs and branches. If you are one of the many who is not afraid of large mechanical equipment or even larger trees, expect to make between $16 to $20 per hour with only a high school or general education diploma.


2. Long Distance Trucking


While you must have a commercial driver's license (CDL) and proper training, if you can keep up with rigorous schedules and driving long distances for extended periods of time, the median annual income is around $40k. The more endorsements you have, the more potential for new opportunities and a higher salary.


3. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter


While this career is only for those in peak physical form with expert combat skills and years of relentless training, the most renowned fighters often earn six figures or more for winning a bout. If you can handle the daily workout routines, grueling matches, and the ever-present risk of injury, you may have an opportunity for early retirement after a few good years.


4. Scuba Diver


Have a love for the deep blue sea? Commercial scuba divers have the pleasure of swimming with the fish, and a variety of other aquatic creatures, on a daily basis. While the job also includes the company of less than desirable ocean inhabitants such as sharks, octopus, and stingrays, the possibility of exploring uncharted territory, finding sunken treasure, and earning over $50k per year make it a tempting endeavor.


5. Fisherman


Yet another job located in the depths of the ocean, commercial fishing is considered the most dangerous career due to the unpredictability of mother nature. On the other hand, if you have a knack for fishing and are up to testing your luck with perilous voyages and tedious hours in oftentimes unfavorable conditions, there is an enticing opportunity to make up to $20 per hour with no advanced degree.