According to this article, only about 5 of the 1,000-2,000 people bitten by rattlesnakes die each year: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/emergency_response/downloads/health/Appendix%203-6-E%20Reptiles.pdf.
This article stated similar figures, also stating that only 97 people died of rattlesnake bites between 1979 and 1998, a twenty year period: http://www.wemjournal.org/wmsonline/?request=get-document&issn=1080-6032&volume=018&issue=03&page=0206
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