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Rigger Salary

Riggers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.41 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,168 - $81,094
(Median)
$25K
$43K
$81K
MEDIAN: $43,488
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50%
90%

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$11.98 - $27.45
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,168 - $81,094  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
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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$26,191 - $74,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $27.45  
   
Overtime
$16.59 - $45.14  
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 - $3,551  
   
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).
)
$26,191 - $74,167  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Rigger

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $54K.

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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Rigger Salaries

rigger
up arrow 32%

National Average
$41,000

rigging
up arrow 14%

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
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 19%
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