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Rigger Salary

Riggers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.43 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and over one-half have dental, as well. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction.
$24,392 - $81,788
(Median)
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52K
82K
MEDIAN: $36,690
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$11.82 - $27.06
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$24,392 - $81,788  
   
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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$25,625 - $71,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $27.06  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $40.19  
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$28K$56K$84K
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).
)
$25,625 - $71,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
United States (change)

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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Riggers make a median salary of $54K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 33%

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%