Rigger Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Riggers earn an average of $17.62 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. For the most part, Riggers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$25,253 - $91,231
(Median)
$25K
$49K
$91K
MEDIAN: $48,525
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50%
90%

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$12.07 - $27.43
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$25,253 - $91,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,772 - $73,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $27.43  
   
Overtime
$17.24 - $44.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,772 - $73,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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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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Survey takers who work as Riggers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with rigger, Machine Operation, and Mechanical Tool Repair are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 23 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include rigging.

Pay by Experience Level for Rigger

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Riggers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $45K. Riggers bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Rigger Salaries

rigger
up arrow 27%

Machine Operation
up arrow 23%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 8%

National Average
$42,000

rigging
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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