Salary Profile of a Rigger

We thought our readers would be interested in how Riggers stack-up against their fellow tradesmen with regard to wages.

The latest information published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the basis for the wage information for Riggers and comparative trades presented in this article. May 2011 is the most current published data based on a national survey. These estimates are calcu- lated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The figures do not include self-employed workers.


1 This is the hourly wage figure that occupies the center of a list of all of the reported wages when ranked lowest to highest

2 The annual wage figure is generated by multiplying the average hourly wage by 40 hours per week times 52 weeks per year

Putting It In To Visual Perspective has taken the published wage data in the form of raw numbers and converted them into simple bar charts that allow you to easily visualize and compare hourly and annual wage amounts.



Interesting Facts Gleaned From The Statistics

  • Based on a national total employment of 128+ million workers, only 13,750 workers (or 0.01%) carried the craft classification of Rigger
  • Riggers earned on average 30% more than Laborers
  • Crane and tower operators earned on average 121⁄2 % more than Riggers
  • Millwrights earned on average 14% more than Riggers
  • Becoming a 1st Line Rigger Supervisor on average could result in a wage improvement of 24% over a Journeyman Rigger

This information will be updated in a future article when the 2012 employment figures are published by the BLS.