High Rigger

Install riggings to raise and lower equipment for theatrical performances.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do High Riggers do?

Installs rigging to raise, lower, or support equipment, such as scenery, lighting equipment, ladders, and nets for theatrical performances on stage or television studio: Climbs ladders, poles, or scaffolding to determine position for rigging and connects, hangs, or attaches cables, ropes, and blocks across loft area of stage. Tests rigging to ensure that it is workable. Erects high ladders for acrobatic performances by connecting successive short lengths of ladder to top of erected portion, using clamps, wrenches, and hammers. Installs motors used to move curtains and track on which scenery and curtains move, using handtools and power tools.


Should I be a High Rigger?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a High Rigger

    Most High Riggers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2887%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,87,87
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