Rigger Salary

Men make up the majority of Riggers in the United States, bringing in about $17.33 per hour. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$25,168 - $81,094
(Median)
$25K
$45K
$81K
MEDIAN: $44,617
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90%

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$11.90 - $27.53
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$25,168 - $81,094  
   
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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$26,027 - $74,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $27.53  
   
Overtime
$16.39 - $45.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
)
$26,027 - $74,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215
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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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Typical Riggers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with rigger and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent and 26 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. Riggers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $58K. Riggers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $54K.

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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 40%

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Rigger Salaries

rigger
up arrow 31%

Machine Operation
up arrow 26%

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
20%
10-19 years
16%
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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