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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
23,000 4.1 % $25.20 $52,420 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.44 $18.37 $24.45 $29.82 $37.13
Annual Wage (2) $32,110 $38,210 $50,860 $62,030 $77,240


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 2,710 1.93 $24.22 $50,370
Support Activities for Mining 2,130 0.61 $22.38 $46,550
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 2,060 0.29 $24.24 $50,430
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,680 0.08 $27.13 $56,420
Building Equipment Contractors 1,600 0.07 $25.71 $53,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building 2,710 1.93 $24.22 $50,370
Inland Water Transportation 440 1.63 $20.04 $41,680
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 380 0.72 $26.91 $55,980
Support Activities for Mining 2,130 0.61 $22.38 $46,550
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 760 0.48 $26.75 $55,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 100 0.03 $41.97 $87,300
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 70 0.06 $41.82 $86,990
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,450 0.34 $31.45 $65,410
Performing Arts Companies 390 0.29 $29.89 $62,160
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 130 0.01 $29.16 $60,640


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 3,920 0.32 2.01 $23.83 $49,570
Louisiana 3,540 1.84 11.75 $23.31 $48,490
California 2,350 0.14 0.86 $28.04 $58,320
Virginia 1,470 0.38 2.41 $24.22 $50,370
Florida 1,040 0.12 0.76 $23.59 $49,060




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 3,540 1.84 11.75 $23.31 $48,490
North Dakota 210 0.50 3.20 $24.59 $51,150
Maine 290 0.47 3.03 $25.40 $52,820
Mississippi 460 0.41 2.62 $21.45 $44,620
Hawaii 250 0.39 2.50 $32.55 $67,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 570 0.06 0.38 $39.37 $81,890
Hawaii 250 0.39 2.50 $32.55 $67,700
Illinois 610 0.10 0.65 $31.85 $66,250
Alaska 60 0.20 1.26 $30.70 $63,870
New Mexico 140 0.16 1.05 $30.05 $62,510





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,600 0.26 1.63 $27.68 $57,580
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,250 1.64 10.50 $24.27 $50,470
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,150 0.31 2.01 $25.32 $52,660
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,100 0.36 2.30 $24.72 $51,420
Baton Rouge, LA 800 2.03 12.98 $27.94 $58,110
Lafayette, LA 700 3.54 22.63 $21.37 $44,450
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 630 0.06 0.41 $38.15 $79,340
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 620 7.34 46.85 $15.91 $33,090
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 600 6.72 42.90 $28.29 $58,850
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 570 1.03 6.55 $24.46 $50,880




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 620 7.34 46.85 $15.91 $33,090
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 600 6.72 42.90 $28.29 $58,850
Lafayette, LA 700 3.54 22.63 $21.37 $44,450
Lake Charles, LA 370 3.16 20.15 $26.67 $55,480
Baton Rouge, LA 800 2.03 12.98 $27.94 $58,110
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,250 1.64 10.50 $24.27 $50,470
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 260 1.50 9.57 $24.99 $51,980
Casper, WY 50 1.25 7.97 $18.88 $39,270
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 150 1.13 7.23 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 570 1.03 6.55 $24.46 $50,880




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 630 0.06 0.41 $38.15 $79,340
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 440 0.09 0.60 $37.61 $78,220
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 60 0.02 0.14 $35.39 $73,610
Albuquerque, NM 70 0.17 1.07 $34.68 $72,130
Urban Honolulu, HI 250 0.54 3.47 $32.55 $67,700
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 130 0.06 0.41 $31.88 $66,310
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 260 0.13 0.81 $31.24 $64,980
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.12 0.73 $30.77 $63,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 60 0.02 0.13 $29.79 $61,970
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.48 $61,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 1.19 7.62 $22.91 $47,660
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.52 9.72 $24.38 $50,700
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.88 5.61 $18.09 $37,630
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.50 9.60 $16.36 $34,020
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 130 0.67 4.29 (8) (8)

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.52 9.72 $24.38 $50,700
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 140 1.50 9.60 $16.36 $34,020
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 240 1.19 7.62 $22.91 $47,660
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 170 0.88 5.61 $18.09 $37,630
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 5.06 $23.05 $47,930

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.03 $60,380
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.34 2.14 $25.44 $52,920
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 1.37 $24.66 $51,290
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.52 9.72 $24.38 $50,700
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 5.06 $23.05 $47,930


About May 2019 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.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: July 6, 2020