Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
13,750 5.2 % $21.39 $44,480 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.64 $15.88 $20.68 $26.13 $31.10
Annual Wage (2) $26,280 $33,020 $43,020 $54,360 $64,680


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)
Support Activities for Mining 2,110 0.66 $19.55 $40,670
Ship and Boat Building 1,540 1.24 $20.56 $42,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,330 0.06 $26.41 $54,930
Building Equipment Contractors 1,100 0.07 $22.92 $47,680
Nonresidential Building Construction 810 0.12 $20.99 $43,650

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 1,540 1.24 $20.56 $42,770
Inland Water Transportation 250 1.01 $18.14 $37,730
Logging 360 0.73 $19.03 $39,590
Support Activities for Mining 2,110 0.66 $19.55 $40,670
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers 390 0.30 $15.41 $32,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction (8) (8) $36.38 $75,670
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.01 $34.93 $72,660
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $31.84 $66,230
Motion Picture and Video Industries 390 0.11 $30.40 $63,230
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 30 (7) $30.17 $62,750


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 2,670 0.26 2.42 $19.54 $40,640
Louisiana 2,660 1.45 13.51 $18.00 $37,440
Washington 1,020 0.37 3.48 $25.82 $53,700
Virginia 1,010 0.29 2.66 $21.90 $45,540
California 760 0.05 0.51 $26.19 $54,480




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 2,660 1.45 13.51 $18.00 $37,440
Washington 1,020 0.37 3.48 $25.82 $53,700
Maine 220 0.37 3.49 $23.17 $48,190
Virginia 1,010 0.29 2.66 $21.90 $45,540
Texas 2,670 0.26 2.42 $19.54 $40,640




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 130 0.02 0.15 $33.19 $69,040
Hawaii 140 0.25 2.34 $31.30 $65,100
Minnesota 60 0.02 0.23 $30.45 $63,340
New Jersey (8) (8) (8) $27.59 $57,390
Nevada (8) (8) (8) $27.39 $56,980





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 980 0.38 3.59 $19.78 $41,140
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 910 1.27 11.84 $21.94 $45,630
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 720 8.00 74.65 $17.90 $37,240
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 610 1.20 11.19 $20.14 $41,890
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 370 4.68 43.66 $27.69 $57,600
Lafayette, LA 330 2.28 21.29 $19.64 $40,860
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 230 0.18 1.72 $25.32 $52,660
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 170 0.20 1.87 $18.89 $39,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 160 0.04 0.42 $21.76 $45,250
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 160 0.09 0.88 $24.51 $50,980




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-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 720 8.00 74.65 $17.90 $37,240
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 370 4.68 43.66 $27.69 $57,600
Lafayette, LA 330 2.28 21.29 $19.64 $40,860
Victoria, TX 70 1.49 13.94 $21.27 $44,240
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 910 1.27 11.84 $21.94 $45,630
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 610 1.20 11.19 $20.14 $41,890
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 980 0.38 3.59 $19.78 $41,140
Honolulu, HI 140 0.34 3.17 $31.30 $65,100
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 70 0.24 2.21 $15.25 $31,730
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 130 0.23 2.14 $21.49 $44,690




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)
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 40 0.14 1.30 $48.23 $100,310
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 90 0.02 0.17 $33.69 $70,070
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.07 0.61 $31.32 $65,150
Honolulu, HI 140 0.34 3.17 $31.30 $65,100
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $29.87 $62,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 50 0.03 0.29 $29.43 $61,220
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $28.02 $58,280
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 370 4.68 43.66 $27.69 $57,600
Baltimore-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.39 $27.00 $56,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $26.49 $55,090

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 550 4.16 38.77 $14.18 $29,500
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 4.60 $20.87 $43,400
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 5.23 $28.63 $59,550

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)
New Iberia nonmetropolitan area 550 4.16 38.77 $14.18 $29,500
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 5.23 $28.63 $59,550
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 4.60 $20.87 $43,400

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 5.23 $28.63 $59,550
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.90 $47,640
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.20 $46,170
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.50 $44,720
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.49 4.60 $20.87 $43,400


About May 2011 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 mean 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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