The danger pay allowance is designed to provide additional compensation above basic compensation to all U.S. Government civilian employees, including Chiefs of Mission, for service at places in foreign areas where there exist conditions of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions which threaten physical harm or imminent danger to the health or well-being of an employee. These conditions do not include acts characterized chiefly as economic crime.
Below is a list of the top most dangerous assignments in the Foreign Service; alphabetic list based on government danger pay rates as of July 2009. See this document for the danger pay factors used by State.
AFGHANISTAN: Kabul, Other
IRAQ: Baghdad, Northern Iraq, Other
PAKISTAN: Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar
LEBANON: Beirut, Other
YEMEN: Sanaa, Other
JERUSALEM: West Bank
PAKISTAN: Lahore, Quetta
SAUDI ARABIA: Taif, Jeddah
SOMALIA: Mogadishu, Other
SUDAN: Juba, Khartoum, Other
HAITI: Cap Haitien, Petionville, Port-au-Prince, Other
ISRAEL: Karmi’el, Tel Aviv
KOSOVO: Pristina, Other
SAUDI ARABIA: Al-Khobar, Dammam, Dhahran Area