Working on an Oil Rig involves working with heavy machinery, generally requires long hours away from home, and is very mentally and physically challenging. The jobs are also highly sought for a few reasons:
Here at RigJobs we have put together a guide of pay ranges for the most common jobs in Oil & Gas based on the latest global compensation statistics.
There is a hierarchy for jobs on an oil rig. The entry level jobs are commonly known as Roughnecks or Roustabouts and average approximately $50,000 USD, the more skilled positions are the Motorman, and Derrickhand averaging approximately $65,000 USD per year, and the more senior supervisor positions such as Driller and Toolpusher averaging $90,000 USD per year.
Skilled & Well-trained geologist perform seismic surveys and analyze data to find new Oil Deposits. The jobs are typically a mix between onshore office work, and going offshore to perform tests in the field.
Subsea engineers oversee the design and installation of equipment, wellbeds, and pipelines. Process engineers design and build the equipment used in processing and production of oil and gas. Reservoir engineers use geological data to model a plan to extract oil & gas. Drilling engineers oversee the drilling operations of onshore and offshore oil & gas wells.
These are mid-level managers overseeing departments on an offshore Rig such as Maintenance, Production, Electrical Equipment.
This is a Senior leadership position typically reporting to the Rig Manager, with responsibilities such as safety, scheduling, training, and maintenance.
These Senior leadership jobs can have different titles, but this position is the general manager of the rig, similar to a captain of a ship they have broad general management responsibility for oversight, supervision, safety of the rig. This is a leadership position that requires extensive experience can pay in excess of $300,000 USD a year in total comp, and is the highest paying job on an offshore platform.