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Working as a Heavy Lift Rigger

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a heavy lift rigger. For example, did you know that they make an average of $13.85 an hour? That's $28,807 a year!

What Does a Heavy Lift Rigger Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a heavy lift rigger, we found that a lot of resumes listed 27.9% of heavy lift riggers included assembly line, while 8.1% of resumes included heavy equipment, and 8.1% of resumes included critical lifts. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the heavy lift rigger job title. But what industry to start with? Most heavy lift riggers actually find jobs in the manufacturing and retail industries.

How To Become a Heavy Lift Rigger

If you're interested in becoming a heavy lift rigger, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 7.9% of heavy lift riggers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 0.0% of heavy lift riggers have master's degrees. Even though some heavy lift riggers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a heavy lift rigger. When we researched the most common majors for a heavy lift rigger, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or diploma degrees. Other degrees that we often see on heavy lift rigger resumes include associate degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a heavy lift rigger. In fact, many heavy lift rigger jobs require experience in a role such as foreman. Meanwhile, many heavy lift riggers also have previous career experience in roles such as rigger or cashier.

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Average Salary$28,807

Heavy Lift Rigger Jobs

Average Salary for a Heavy Lift Rigger

Heavy Lift Riggers in America make an average salary of $28,807 per year or $14 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $44,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $18,000 per year.
Average Salary
$28,807

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
San Rafael, CA
Salary Range27k - 52k$38k$38,179
Brownsville, TX
Salary Range25k - 46k$34k$34,206
Orlando, FL
Salary Range23k - 43k$32k$31,754
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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Heavy Lift Rigger
Heavy Lift Rigger
Star Staffing
Star Staffing
01/15/2020
01/15/2020
$37,56601/15/2020
$37,566
Heavy Lift Rigger
Heavy Lift Rigger
Star Staffing
Star Staffing
12/30/2019
12/30/2019
$37,56612/30/2019
$37,566
Heavy Lift Rigger
Heavy Lift Rigger
Star Staffing
Star Staffing
11/27/2019
11/27/2019
$37,56611/27/2019
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Heavy Lift Rigger
Heavy Lift Rigger
Manpower Group
Manpower Group
10/23/2019
10/23/2019
$27,13110/23/2019
$27,131
Heavy Lift Rigger
Heavy Lift Rigger
Randstad
Randstad
09/12/2019
09/12/2019
$27,13109/12/2019
$27,131
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Heavy Lift Rigger Demographics

Gender

male

86.2 %

female

10.9 %

unknown

2.9 %

Ethnicity

White

61.3 %

Hispanic or Latino

20.2 %

Black or African American

10.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0 %
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Heavy Lift Rigger Education

Majors

Business
13.3 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

72.4 %

Diploma

9.2 %

Associate

9.2 %

Entry Level Jobs For Becoming A Heavy Lift Rigger

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Best States For a Heavy Lift Rigger

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a heavy lift rigger. The best states for people in this position are Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware. Heavy lift riggers make the most in Rhode Island with an average salary of $43,586. Whereas in Connecticut and Massachusetts, they would average $43,537 and $42,422, respectively. While heavy lift riggers would only make an average of $42,039 in Delaware, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Rhode Island

Total Heavy Lift Rigger Jobs:
3
Highest 10% Earn:
$74,000
Location Quotient:
4.1
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. New Hampshire

Total Heavy Lift Rigger Jobs:
3
Highest 10% Earn:
$66,000
Location Quotient:
2.34
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Vermont

Total Heavy Lift Rigger Jobs:
6
Highest 10% Earn:
$59,000
Location Quotient:
12.16
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Heavy Lift Rigger Employers

1. Amy's Kitchen
3.8
Avg. Salary: 
$39,759
Heavy Lift Riggers Hired: 
11+
2. Randstad USA
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$33,677
Heavy Lift Riggers Hired: 
10+
3. Kelly Services
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$31,147
Heavy Lift Riggers Hired: 
5+
4. CorTech International
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$32,998
Heavy Lift Riggers Hired: 
4+
5. ManpowerGroup
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$30,476
Heavy Lift Riggers Hired: 
3+
6. Coach
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$50,297
Heavy Lift Riggers Hired: 
3+

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Updated October 2, 2020