Rigger Salary

Men account for the majority of Riggers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.25 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Riggers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,832 - $80,537

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$11.91 - $26.83

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$24,832 - $80,537  
   
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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$26,153 - $73,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $26.83  
   
Overtime
$15.90 - $44.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$26,153 - $73,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include rigging.

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. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Riggers report making only $54K on average.

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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 38%

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

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
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 21%
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