How Much Does A Rigger Make?

When it comes to moving large loads in construction sites or ensuring the safety of actors and doubles filming flying and fantastic action scenes in movies, riggers are up for the task. They are physically strong and mentally alert workers who see to it that heavy equipment, machines and other components are secured and accidents are avoided during transport and other activities.

Two of the main reasons why those who are up for the challenge of becoming a rigger are lured to the profession are the minimal educational requirements and good pay.

Average Rigger Annual Salary

$49,030

The average annual salary for riggers is $49,030 a year. Salaries start at $27,820 a year and go up to $74,750 a year.

Average Rigger Hourly Wage

$23.57

The average hourly wage for a rigger is $23.57. Hourly wages were between $13.38 and $35.94 an hour.

Stats were based out of 21,020 employed riggers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Rigger

$74,750/year $35.94/hour

(Top 10% of Riggers)


Senior Rigger

$58,990/year $28.36/hour

(Top 25% of Riggers)


Mid Level Rigger

$45,690/year $21.97/hour

(Median)


Junior Rigger

$34,440/year $16.56/hour

(Bottom 25% of Riggers)


Entry Level Rigger

$27,820/year $13.38/hour

(Bottom 10% of Riggers)


Rigger Average Salary Comparison

Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$67k / year
$32 / hour
Signal and Track Switch Repairers
$62k / year
$30 / hour
Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door
$56k / year
$27 / hour
Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other
$56k / year
$27 / hour
Wind Turbine Service Technicians
$54k / year
$26 / hour
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
$54k / year
$26 / hour
Millwrights
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Commercial Divers
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Industrial Machinery Mechanics
$51k / year
$24 / hour
Medical Equipment Repairers
$50k / year
$24 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Riggers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Riggers

Rigger Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 New York $31.47 $65,460
#2 Hawaii $30.93 $64,340
#3 District of Columbia $29.80 $61,970
#4 New Jersey $28.91 $60,130
#5 North Carolina $28.71 $59,720
#6 California $28.61 $59,510
#7 Minnesota $28.44 $59,150
#8 Maryland $28.03 $58,310
#9 Nevada $26.57 $55,260
#10 Michigan $26.52 $55,170
#11 Pennsylvania $25.68 $53,420
#12 Missouri $25.61 $53,270
#13 Ohio $25.30 $52,630
#14 Maine $25.20 $52,420
#15 Oklahoma $25.08 $52,170
#16 Illinois $24.90 $51,790
#17 Washington $24.78 $51,540
#18 Utah $24.10 $50,130
#19 Alaska $23.33 $48,520
#20 Connecticut $23.21 $48,280
#21 Virginia $23.10 $48,050
#22 Massachusetts $22.92 $47,680
#23 New Mexico $22.91 $47,640
#24 Texas $22.25 $46,270
#25 Indiana $21.93 $45,610
#26 Alabama $21.16 $44,020
#27 Kentucky $21.07 $43,820
#28 Mississippi $20.84 $43,340
#29 South Carolina $20.65 $42,950
#30 Tennessee $20.62 $42,880
#31 Rhode Island $20.47 $42,580
#32 Georgia $20.33 $42,280
#33 Colorado $19.98 $41,560
#34 Florida $19.96 $41,510
#35 Wyoming $19.79 $41,170
#36 Nebraska $19.53 $40,620
#37 Louisiana $19.22 $39,990
#38 Iowa $18.89 $39,290
#39 West Virginia $17.99 $37,420
#40 Arizona $17.43 $36,260
#41 Wisconsin $16.74 $34,820
#42 Arkansas $16.03 $33,350
#43 Kansas $15.24 $31,690

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Rigger

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