Riggers
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Overview
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Set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
Only 7% of riggers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by riggers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer riggers have bachelor's degrees than 75% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Riggers, with 22,100 workers, form a smaller workforce than 70% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for riggers are expected to grow by 6%, and should have about 2,300 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Riggers are more likely to be automated than 74% of other careers.
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Salaries
The median (middle) salary for riggers is higher than 53% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most riggers.
This job's median $50KAll jobs' median $39K$44K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 3% of riggers -- that's a smaller percentage than 90% of other jobs.
Gender of riggers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For riggers, the median men's salary was Infinity% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 19% of riggers are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of riggers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
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Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Riggers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 49% of riggers, and 54% have company-sponsored health insurance (16% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for riggers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
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Injury and Illness
About 138 riggers become injured or ill for every 10,000 workers, making this job more dangerous than 79% of other careers. The most common specific illnesses or injuries are detailed following.
Fractures
Soreness and pain
All cuts, lacerations, punctures
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of riggers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (86%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (70%)
  • Time Pressure (69%)
  • Exposed to High Places (66%)
  • Consequence of Error (60%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (56%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (42%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (41%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do riggers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for riggers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for riggers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for riggers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all riggers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for riggers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for riggers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where riggers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Riggers (ACS)
Private for-profit (83.9%)
Private not-for-profit (1.4%)
Local government (0.6%)
State government (0.8%)
Federal government (10.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (2.1%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of riggers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
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Distribution: Salaries of riggers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for riggers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? This first chart suggests how much this job rewards experience with increased salaries.

Now let's dive a little deeper. Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Riggers and gender

With 3% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 90% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Riggers
Men (97%)
Women (3%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for men. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$43K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KMen

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of riggers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority riggers falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. There is a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of riggers
White (77% )
Black (11% )
Other (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
American Indian (2% )
Asian (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for riggers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for riggers by nativity
$43K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Part-time/Full-time
Riggers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 5% part-time workers, this occupation has a lower percentage of part-time workers than 76% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for full-time workers.

$43K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by riggers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), riggers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as riggers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for riggers.

Education attained by riggers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for riggers? Below we see the distribution of riggers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as riggers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$41K$42K$50K$63K$51K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (10%)High School (53%)Some College (23%)Associate's Degree (7%)Bachelor's Degree (6%)
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for riggers

What jobs will most riggers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of riggers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

RiggersDriver/sales workers and truck driversConveyor operators, and hoist and winch operatorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersExtraction workersEarth drillersAircraft mechanics and service techniciansRetail salespersonsTaxi drivers and chauffeursHighway maintenance workersElectriciansStructural iron and steel workersSailors and marine oilers, and ship engineersConstruction laborers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for riggers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies the one job which was held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as riggers as well as 1% of respondents after working as riggers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for riggers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Conveyor operators, and hoist and winch operators
3,100
$0$200K$40K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for riggers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as riggers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of riggers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for riggers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers
434,700
$0$200K$29K
10.1%
Grounds maintenance workers
189,100
$0$200K$24K
6.9%
Carpenters
116,300
$0$200K$34K
7.1%
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
79,400
$0$200K$57K
2.4%
Construction equipment operators
53,000
$0$200K$47K
5.9%
Engineering technicians
44,600
$0$200K$55K
6.8%
Industrial engineers
24,600
$0$200K$78K
2.7%
Oil, gas, and mining laborers
23,100
$0$200K$59K
3.4%
Chemical processing machine setters and operators
15,100
$0$200K$52K
1.8%
Conveyor operators, and hoist and winch operators
3,100
$0$200K$40K
6.6%
Assemblers and fabricators (specialized areas)
2,700
$0$200K$31K
8.1%
Riggers
2,300
$0$200K$43K
33.6%
No occupation
3.4%
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for riggers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for riggers was higher than 53% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for riggers are anticipated to grow by 6% over the next decade, which is faster growth than is predicted for 55% of other jobs.

The projected employment for riggers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most riggers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as riggers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Riggers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where riggers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for riggers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for riggers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Riggers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which riggers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Riggers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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