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Rigger Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Riggers earn an average of $17.43 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.94 per hour on the lower end to $26.16 on the higher end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly one-fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$25,000 - $81,389
(Median)
$25K
$43K
$81K
MEDIAN: $42,809
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90%

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$11.94 - $26.16
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
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
$25,000 - $81,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
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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$26,052 - $73,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $26.16  
   
Overtime
$16.31 - $44.81  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
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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$26,052 - $73,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191

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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.


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 $45K. For Riggers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 34%

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

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
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 20%
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