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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

49-9096 Riggers

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


National estimates for Riggers
Industry profile for Riggers
Geographic profile for Riggers

National estimates for Riggers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Riggers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
17,980 4.4 % $ 25.05 $ 52,100 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Riggers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.72 $ 18.18 $ 23.14 $ 29.37 $ 36.80
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,630 $ 37,820 $ 48,130 $ 61,090 $ 76,550


Industry profile for Riggers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Riggers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Riggers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Riggers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,440 0.34 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Ship and Boat Building 2,340 1.62 $ 25.07 $ 52,150
Building Equipment Contractors 2,040 0.09 $ 26.92 $ 56,000
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,650 0.08 $ 29.26 $ 60,860
Support Activities for Mining 1,460 0.69 $ 18.47 $ 38,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Riggers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 2,340 1.62 $ 25.07 $ 52,150
Support Activities for Mining 1,460 0.69 $ 18.47 $ 38,420
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,440 0.34 $ 24.68 $ 51,330
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers 500 0.31 $ 18.58 $ 38,640
Support Activities for Water Transportation 210 0.24 $ 20.82 $ 43,310

Top paying industries for Riggers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $ 47.09 $ 97,950
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 140 0.04 $ 41.12 $ 85,520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 50 (7) $ 40.40 $ 84,030
Motion Picture and Video Industries 230 0.07 $ 36.29 $ 75,490
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 60 0.01 $ 33.87 $ 70,440


Geographic profile for Riggers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Riggers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Riggers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of riggers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Riggers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,810 0.31 2.44 $ 23.11 $ 48,070
Louisiana 2,180 1.22 9.52 $ 18.54 $ 38,570
California 1,390 0.08 0.66 $ 30.81 $ 64,080
Virginia 1,190 0.32 2.48 $ 26.24 $ 54,570
Florida 880 0.10 0.80 $ 24.74 $ 51,460


Map of location quotient of riggers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Riggers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 2,180 1.22 9.52 $ 18.54 $ 38,570
Maine 430 0.72 5.68 $ 25.64 $ 53,320
Hawaii 200 0.36 2.84 $ 31.36 $ 65,220
Virginia 1,190 0.32 2.48 $ 26.24 $ 54,570
Texas 3,810 0.31 2.44 $ 23.11 $ 48,070


Map of annual mean wages of riggers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Riggers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 250 0.13 1.05 $ 38.93 $ 80,980
Massachusetts 340 0.10 0.79 $ 34.80 $ 72,390
Alaska 40 0.15 1.18 $ 34.38 $ 71,510
New Jersey 130 0.03 0.27 $ 33.45 $ 69,580
South Dakota 40 0.09 0.67 $ 32.52 $ 67,640



Map of employment of riggers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Riggers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,220 0.42 3.31 $ 24.49 $ 50,940
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 850 1.20 9.41 $ 26.10 $ 54,290
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 770 0.21 1.68 $ 23.59 $ 49,060
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 580 6.73 52.73 $ 30.33 $ 63,080
Lafayette, LA 560 3.02 23.65 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 470 0.05 0.43 $ 34.43 $ 71,620
Baton Rouge, LA 450 1.22 9.52 $ 22.76 $ 47,340
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 440 5.48 42.91 $ 17.32 $ 36,020
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 410 0.30 2.31 $ 27.96 $ 58,150
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 300 0.30 2.35 $ 21.53 $ 44,790


Map of location quotient of riggers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Riggers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 580 6.73 52.73 $ 30.33 $ 63,080
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 440 5.48 42.91 $ 17.32 $ 36,020
Lafayette, LA 560 3.02 23.65 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Baton Rouge, LA 450 1.22 9.52 $ 22.76 $ 47,340
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 850 1.20 9.41 $ 26.10 $ 54,290
Odessa, TX 80 1.13 8.82 $ 22.63 $ 47,060
Lake Charles, LA 90 1.01 7.88 $ 23.87 $ 49,640
Midland, TX 90 0.92 7.23 $ 24.15 $ 50,230
Longview, TX 70 0.82 6.41 $ 22.38 $ 46,550
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 110 0.76 5.92 $ 28.75 $ 59,790


Map of annual mean wages of riggers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Riggers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 130 0.12 0.91 $ 42.83 $ 89,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 180 0.08 0.65 $ 35.25 $ 73,310
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 150 0.08 0.63 $ 35.17 $ 73,160
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 30 0.04 0.32 $ 34.96 $ 72,710
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 250 0.10 0.77 $ 34.77 $ 72,320
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 470 0.05 0.43 $ 34.43 $ 71,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 34.23 $ 71,200
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.24 1.88 $ 32.82 $ 68,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 90 0.05 0.39 $ 31.98 $ 66,510
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 140 0.25 1.98 $ 31.70 $ 65,940

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Riggers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.22 9.54 $ 19.02 $ 39,570
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.52 4.07 $ 20.34 $ 42,310
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 110 1.68 13.14 $ 16.96 $ 35,280
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.78 $ 22.29 $ 46,350
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 2.42 $ 18.66 $ 38,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Riggers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 110 1.68 13.14 $ 16.96 $ 35,280
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.22 9.54 $ 19.02 $ 39,570
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.52 4.07 $ 20.34 $ 42,310
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 3.37 $ 15.56 $ 32,360
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.78 $ 22.29 $ 46,350

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Riggers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 26.94 $ 56,020
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 2.78 $ 22.29 $ 46,350
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 21.41 $ 44,530
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.52 4.07 $ 20.34 $ 42,310
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 220 1.22 9.54 $ 19.02 $ 39,570


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022