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Career Profile: Riggers

Set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 21,300 people employed as riggers in the United States. The median annual salary is $50,900. Entry level employees earn approximately $32,480 per year and senior employees earn approximately $78,200 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Test rigging to ensure safety and reliability.
  • Signal or verbally direct workers engaged in hoisting and moving loads to ensure safety of workers and materials.
  • Control movement of heavy equipment through narrow openings or confined spaces, using chainfalls, gin poles, gallows frames, and other equipment.
  • Tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, or around obstacles, using multi-point suspension techniques.
  • Manipulate rigging lines, hoists, and pulling gear to move or support materials, such as heavy equipment, ships, or theatrical sets.
  • Align, level, and anchor machinery.
  • Load machines onto trucks to prepare for transportation.
  • Attach pulleys and blocks to fixed overhead structures, such as beams, ceilings, and gin pole booms, using bolts and clamps.
  • Fabricate, set up, and repair rigging, supporting structures, hoists, and pulling gear, using hand and power tools.
  • Clean and dress machine surfaces and component parts.
  • Install ground rigging for yarding lines, attaching chokers to logs and to the lines.
  • Select gear, such as cables, pulleys, and winches, according to load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules.
  • Dismantle and store rigging equipment after use.
  • Attach loads to rigging to provide support or prepare them for moving, using hand and power tools.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
21,300
Annual Openings:
2,500
Increase in Openings by 2030:
12%
Annual Salary Range:
$32,480 - $78,200
Education Requirements:
High school diploma