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Rigger Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Riggers earn an average of $17.50 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $11.97 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $26.55. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. Most Riggers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,812 - $81,703
(Median)
$28K
$43K
$82K
MEDIAN: $43,488
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50%
90%

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$11.97 - $26.55
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
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
$27,812 - $81,703  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,056  
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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$26,691 - $72,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $26.55  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $44.62  
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 - $2,056  
   
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).
)
$26,691 - $72,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187

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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.


Riggers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $36K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. For Riggers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $53K.

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Experience Affects Rigger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 24%