Rigger Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Riggers earn an average of $17.30 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Riggers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,342 - $80,811
(Median)
$25K
$44K
$81K
MEDIAN: $44,050
10%
50%
90%

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$11.89 - $27.14
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,342 - $80,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,993 - $73,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $27.14  
   
Overtime
$16.35 - $45.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,523  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$25,993 - $73,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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Job Description for Rigger

A rigger is responsible for using cranes and lifts to help transport large, heavy cargo such as manufacturing equipment or construction machinery. The rigger's main objective is to move the property without damage to the product they are transporting, property, or individuals. Riggers are responsible for fastening up large loads, overseeing and directing the operators of the transport equipment, reporting any issues, and documenting completed work orders. Riggers are also in charge of the tear-down, cleaning, and storage of any rigging equipment or machinery used in transport.

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Rigger Tasks

  • Move heavy loads without damaging them, tilting, and guiding as the site requires.
  • Select and align cranes, gears, pulleys, and winches, anchoring them for safety.
  • Examine sites, loads, and their destinations to determine rigging to move loads to the correct location.
  • Communicate with other workers to ensure safety.

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Riggers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, facility with rigger and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 27 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include rigging.

Pay by Experience Level for Rigger

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. Riggers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. For some reason, Riggers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $54K.

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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Rigger Salaries

rigger
up arrow 32%

Machine Operation
up arrow 27%

National Average
$41,000

rigging
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 20%
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