Rigger Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Riggers earn an average of $19.75 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Riggers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,701 - $90,481
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MEDIAN: $49,973
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$13.09 - $30.07
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MEDIAN: $19.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$24,701 - $90,481  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,787  
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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$28,689 - $78,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $30.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44  
Overtime
$18.63 - $45.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,787  
   
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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$28,689 - $78,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 302

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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

  • Examine sites, loads, and their destinations to determine rigging to move loads to the correct location.
  • Communicate with other workers to ensure safety.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Rigger

Pay by Experience for a Rigger has a positive trend. An entry-level Rigger with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 204 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Rigger with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Rigger which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 67 salaries. A Rigger with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 27 salaries.

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Key Stats for Rigger

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Experienced
▲28%

Late-Career
▲26%

Mid-Career
▲9%

National Average
$46,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Rigger Salaries

Machine Operation
▲20%

National Average
$46,000

Mechanical Tool Repair
▼2%

rigger
▼4%

rigging
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 26%