In the local labor market, a rigger’s entry level salary ranges from P10,000 - P15,000 per month. Overseas, they receive an average monthly earning is $3,857.

Basic Educational Requirement

Although most employers require high school graduates, the trade can only be learned through apprenticeship.

Cost of Education *

Most companies would require at least a high school diploma in this occupation. High school education would normally range from P25,000 - P40,000 per year in private schools and institutions and about P3,000 - P5,000 in public institutions.

Employment Opportunities

Riggers work in construction sites and are employed directly by a building and construction company or by a subcontractor. Since most riggers work in large construction sites, the demand for them is closely tied to the general state of the building industry. In addition, Riggers may also be employed in the following industries: Fishing, Mining and Quarrying, Manufacturing, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, Construction, Transport, Storage and Communication, and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Career advancement is dependent on pursuing additional training. Some riggers may advance to associated occupations such as crane operator and scaffolder provided the relevant certificate of competency is obtained.

Nature of Work

Rigger helps operate machines that move heavy objects including steel plates, bundles of steel rods, drilling towers, platforms, and the heavy construction equipment used to build and take down steel structures.


  • Examines objects to be moved, estimates their size, shape and weight and decides on the type of equipment necessary;
  • Erects cranes and mobile crane booms, and increases the height of tower cranes by bolting component parts in place and rigging cables;
  • Splices ropes and cables to make slings and tackle;
  • Erects structural steel for buildings or plant under construction;
  • Erects precast concrete panels used on facade of buildings, etc; and
  • Ensures that safety requirements are met at all times.

Skills and Competencies

  • Language skills sufficient to understand written and verbal safety instructions; and
  • Ability to recognize own and others limitations in work situations.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Physically fit, alert and agile;
  • Able to work at heights;
  • Able to use hand tools; and
  • Able to work as part of a team.

* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011.