Rigger Salary

A sizeable majority of Riggers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.62 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Riggers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about two in five.

$25,253 - $91,231
(Median)
$25K
$49K
$91K
MEDIAN: $48,525
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$12.07 - $27.43
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$25,253 - $91,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,772 - $73,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $27.43  
   
Overtime
$17.24 - $44.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$26,772 - $73,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 277
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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.


For many Riggers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $45K. Riggers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Rigger Salaries

rigger
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Machine Operation
up arrow 23%

Mechanical Tool Repair
up arrow 8%

National Average
$42,000

rigging
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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