Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
20,970 5.5 % $24.68 $51,330 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.42 $17.99 $24.22 $29.72 $36.50
Annual Wage (2) $29,990 $37,420 $50,370 $61,810 $75,930


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 2,690 1.98 $22.96 $47,750
Building Equipment Contractors 1,780 0.08 $24.59 $51,150
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,660 0.24 $23.50 $48,870
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,630 0.08 $27.13 $56,420
Support Activities for Mining 1,600 0.50 $22.55 $46,910

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Inland Water Transportation 630 2.41 $19.25 $40,030
Ship and Boat Building 2,690 1.98 $22.96 $47,750
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 430 0.82 $26.33 $54,760
Support Activities for Mining 1,600 0.50 $22.55 $46,910
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 540 0.36 $24.65 $51,270

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 80 0.02 $44.48 $92,510
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 60 0.05 $41.30 $85,910
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $32.92 $68,480
Motion Picture and Video Industries 440 0.11 $32.44 $67,480
Support Activities for Water Transportation (8) (8) $29.50 $61,370


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)
Louisiana 3,900 2.04 14.07 $22.41 $46,610
Texas 2,940 0.24 1.68 $24.03 $49,990
California 2,140 0.13 0.87 $27.70 $57,610
Virginia 1,320 0.34 2.37 $23.98 $49,880
Washington 930 0.28 1.96 $27.88 $57,990




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 3,900 2.04 14.07 $22.41 $46,610
Maine 290 0.48 3.29 $25.40 $52,840
Hawaii 240 0.38 2.62 $32.65 $67,920
Virginia 1,320 0.34 2.37 $23.98 $49,880
Mississippi 380 0.34 2.35 $21.59 $44,900




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 470 0.05 0.34 $38.56 $80,210
Oregon 170 0.09 0.63 $32.93 $68,500
Hawaii 240 0.38 2.62 $32.65 $67,920
Alaska 40 0.12 0.82 $31.46 $65,430
Illinois 590 0.10 0.68 $31.12 $64,720





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)
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,000 0.28 1.93 $24.28 $50,510
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 770 1.39 9.63 $23.10 $48,060
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 760 0.26 1.77 $26.39 $54,890
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 750 8.93 61.63 $16.84 $35,020
Lafayette, LA 730 3.70 25.54 $22.20 $46,180
Baton Rouge, LA 720 1.83 12.62 $25.16 $52,330
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 610 6.84 47.18 $28.63 $59,550
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 540 0.06 0.39 $36.88 $76,710
Lake Charles, LA 450 3.87 26.72 $25.64 $53,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 450 0.10 0.66 (8) (8)




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 750 8.93 61.63 $16.84 $35,020
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 610 6.84 47.18 $28.63 $59,550
Lake Charles, LA 450 3.87 26.72 $25.64 $53,330
Lafayette, LA 730 3.70 25.54 $22.20 $46,180
Baton Rouge, LA 720 1.83 12.62 $25.16 $52,330
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 770 1.39 9.63 $23.10 $48,060
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 230 1.31 9.06 $24.29 $50,520
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 150 1.23 8.50 $24.34 $50,630
Odessa, TX 60 0.76 5.21 $19.81 $41,210
Florence, SC 60 0.66 4.53 $15.95 $33,170




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 540 0.06 0.39 $36.88 $76,710
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.09 0.65 $34.87 $72,530
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 0.14 $34.15 $71,040
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.07 0.48 $33.55 $69,780
Urban Honolulu, HI 230 0.50 3.45 $32.81 $68,240
Anchorage, AK 30 0.19 1.30 $32.16 $66,890
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 160 0.08 0.54 $31.43 $65,370
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL (8) (8) (8) $30.34 $63,120
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 150 0.08 0.53 $29.70 $61,770
St. Louis, MO-IL 60 0.04 0.30 $28.97 $60,250

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 260 1.40 9.66 $15.18 $31,570
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 3.90 $27.79 $57,810
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.12 7.75 $24.72 $51,410
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 1.23 8.47 $24.89 $51,770
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.70 4.80 $16.38 $34,070

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)
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 260 1.40 9.66 $15.18 $31,570
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 1.23 8.47 $24.89 $51,770
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.12 7.75 $24.72 $51,410
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.70 4.80 $16.38 $34,070
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.60 4.16 $18.36 $38,180

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)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.56 3.90 $27.79 $57,810
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.66 $53,370
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 1.23 8.47 $24.89 $51,770
Northwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 110 1.12 7.75 $24.72 $51,410
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 3.39 $23.92 $49,750


About May 2018 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 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019