Salary Expectations

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The different roles that exist on a rig crew have been discussed in detail in an earlier section of this book along with the salary expectations of each level. It has been represented below once again as a summary.

  • Toolpusher: USD 80,000 to USD 135,000 annually
  • Roustabouts: USD 33,000 to USD 45,000 annually
  • Roughnecks: USD 33,000 to USD 45,000 annually
  • Oil Driller: USD 17 to 25 per hour
  • Derrickhand: USD 37,000 upwards annually
  • Motorman: USD 45,000 to 60,000 annually
  • Mud Man: USD 72,000 annually
  • Geologist: USD 80,000 to USD 120,000 annually
  • Company Man: USD 80,000 to USD 120,000 annually
  • Crane Operator: USD 65000 upwards annually
  • Storekeeper: USD 45000 annually.
  • Rig Mechanic: USD 50,000 annually.
  • Rig Mechanic: USD 55,000 – USD 65,000 annually.
  • Barge Engineer: USD 69,000 annually.
  • Ballast Control Man: USD 55,000 annually.
  • Catering Roles:
  1. Camp Boss-Bears: USD 45000 annually.
  2. Head Cook or Head Chef: USD 45000 annually.
  3. Steward and stewardess: USD 30,000 annually.
  4. Bakers or Night Chefs: USD $45000 annually.
  • Subsea Engineer: USD 60,000 to 80,000 annually.

At the very minimum you can expect a salary of USD 33,000 if you have zero experience. With experience and skills development in more intricate roles, the potential for growth and consequently salary increments is substantial making this an extremely lucrative career opportunity.

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