BASE Jumper

Parachute from a fixed location thousands of feet above the ground.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$25,000 – $106,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do BASE Jumpers do?

BASE jumping is skydiving on steroids. Instead of jumping out of an airplane, which offers the luxury of a high altitude and a large landing area, BASE Jumpers jump off of fixed objects — “BASE” stands for buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs) — that are typically less than 2,000 feet tall.

A typical jump for a Skydiver requires jumping out of an airplane at an altitude of 3,000 to 13,000 feet, commencing a freefall toward the earth’s surface at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. While that sounds pretty crazy to most people, it sounds not only safe and tame but also downright boring to a BASE Jumper. That’s because BASE Jumpers have mere seconds and feet to work with.

As a BASE Jumper, you’ve been trained to rapidly deploy parachutes and assess jump factors such as wind speed, wind direction, and landing area. Using this knowledge, you make calculated leaps from fixed objects with the goal of landing — and surviving — the jumps.

Although you’re likely an adrenaline junkie who BASE jumps for fun, it’s possible that you’re a professional who makes your living as a BASE Jumping Instructor, a contestant in BASE jumping competitions, or a Stunt Performer who’s paid by sponsors, event organizers, and others to jump for promotional purposes. In any case, you’ve got one of the most dangerous jobs on earth, but also one of the most thrilling!

Should I be a BASE Jumper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Bass Fisher

    How to become a BASE Jumper

    Most BASE Jumpers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%2899%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,99,99
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