The Worst Job In America!

Jun 11, 2013 -- 6:21pm

The worst job in America is a newspaper reporter. It's worse than being a lumberjack, soldier or oil rig worker, all three of which are known for being dangerous and low-paying. That's the word from, which for 25 years has ranked the best and worst jobs in the U.S. based on five factors: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. Why are newspaper reporters in such sad shape? blames it on ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from Internet businesses. In addition, newspaper reporters have high stress and tight deadlines combined with low pay and a requirement to work in all conditions to get the story. Job security is nil. The estimated revenue for the newspaper industry as a whole has shrunk by half since 2006 -- and it's still falling.

The worst jobs of 2013 and the average pay:

  1. Newspaper reporter: $36,000
  2. Lumberjack: $32,870
  3. Enlisted military personnel: $41,998
  4. Actor: $17.44/hour
  5. Oil rig worker: $37,640
  6. Dairy farmer: $60,750
  7. Meter reader: $36,400
  8. Mail carrier: $53,090
  9. Roofer: $34,220
  10. Flight attendant: $37,740


The best jobs of 2013 and the average pay:

  1. Actuary: $87,650
  2. Biomedical engineer: $81,540
  3. Software engineer: $90,530
  4. Audiologist: $66,660
  5. Financial planner: $64,750
  6. Dental hygienist: $68,250
  7. Occupational therapist: $72,320
  8. Optometrist: $94,990
  9. Physical therapist: $76,310
  10. Computer systems: $77,740

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