Jobs and Salary when working Offshore

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General Roustabout:

The Roustabout Labourer is an unskilled worker at Entry Level. He mainly performs physically demanding work on an On- or Offshore oil rig. Their work mainly consists of cleaning, heavy lifting, dragging and pulling tasks, and maintaining a clean workplace / environment. The roustabout with experience and / or some training, can be allowed to the use of basic machinery and equipment. A salary for the unskilled General Roustabout is around U.S. $ 25,000 / EUR € 18.500 per year. After more experience, and certification, he can climb up to the positions of Roughneck, Floorhand, Assistant Crane Operator etc.

Maintenance Roustabout:

This worker (also at Entry Level) keeps the condition of the deck clean, makes sure that everything is tidy, performs minor repairs and maintenance tasks to prevent accidents from happening (Safety First). He may also be asked to help with painting tasks under the supervision of the Painter. A salary for a Maintenance Roustabout is around U.S. $ 43,000 / EUR € 31.000 per year.


This is a function for the minor skilled worker. The roughneck gets to do everything from heavy lifting operations to connecting pipes to the oil wells. But it can even be that he’s responsible to make the morning coffee at the workstations. The Roughneck performs all the tasks which his colleagues in higher positions do not have time for. From the position as Roughneck one can grow to Tool Pusher, Painter, Floor Hand or Derrickman. A Roughneck earns about US $ 45.000 / EUR € 35.000 per year.


The Toolpusher has many different activities. From basic administrative work, working as a department head, or reporting to the Master / Installation Manager. He also takes care of all necessary tools, equipment and supplies used on the platform (the Rig). A Toolpusher often started out at the bottom of the ladder (as roustabout) and has worked himself up after gaining work experience. A Toolpusher’s salary comes to US $ 58,000 EUR / € 45.000 a year, experienced Toolpushers may even earn up to US $ 100,000 / EUR € 80.000 per year.


This function mainly consists of keeping the oil platform, the Oilrig, in top condition. Which is a great responsibility, since all substances at sea (salt water, oil, sand, etc) provide corrosion. The painter could be working at different heights. He often works closely with assistants (roustabouts) and scaffolders. The painter has a somewhat dangerous position, because he regularly works at high altitudes, while hanging in a harness. A Painter earns about U.S. $ 58,000 / € 43.000 EUR per year.


Responsibilities include; maintenance, helping to mix the mud for drilling operations, mixing chemicals and assisting the crew. This is also called a junior position where the floorhand must learn to work in a team. In this role, you work hard, you’re doing heavy work, while making long hours. One of the advantages is that you as a floorhand can be requested to work with different teams. This will teach the floorhand all the tricks of the trade, in various positions, so he can grow quickly within the crew. In the beginning a floorhand starts to earn U.S. $ 47.500 / USD € 35.000 basic salary per year.

Derrickman / Derrickhand:

In this position you work directly under the Driller. This also means you are the helper of the Driller regarding equipment maintenance, pumps and mud systems. In addition, you work at high altitudes on top of the derrick tower (this is roughly 25 to 27 meters above the platform). The Derrickman performs (with the use of a safety harness and climbing gear) tasks such as guiding the drill pipe. Other activities include the assistance of the Mud Engineer who checks the density of the mud to maintain the viscosity. The Derrickman often works long hours and in all weatherconditions. In relation to skills, physical effort and the amount of risk, the Derrickman has the most challenging and stressful job of the entire Rig Crew. The starting salary is around $ 75,000 / EUR € 55,000 per year. The salary of the Derrickman may be as high as U.S. $ 110,000 / EUR € 82.000 depending on his experience.

Driller / Assistant Driller:

The Driller task is to ensure the pertroleum is safely pumped from the earth. He takes samples of the oil due for testing. He has the supervision of all drilling activities carried out by the crew and the Driller is responsible for the efficient execution of the work at the drilling site. A Driller usually has many years of experience, and now reports directly to the Rig Manager. The position as a Driller comes from years of experience as Roughneck and Derrickman. At first, he is an Assistant Driller, while he gradually enters the function as Driller. The salary of a Driller starts at U.S. $ 85,000 / EUR € 63.500 per year.

Crane Operator / Assistant Crane Operator:

The Crane Operator, which is a much desired job, is responsible for all activities such as supply ship and crane work on the platform itself. He has the supervision of Roustabouts and Crane Assistants. The cranes are used to supply the platform with drill pipes, rig equipment, castings, food and so on. The Crane Operator lifts these items from boats and ships gently on the oil rig platform. In addition, he provides the “Rig Floor” with handing over drill pipes, moving large objects and the like. In this position one should have fast reflexes, very good eye coordination, and understanding of depth and distance. Other tasks for the Crane Operator consist of painting, cleaning and maintenance work on the platform. The income of a Crane Operator ranges from U.S. $ 60,000 / EUR € 44.500 and above per year.

Radio Operators:

This is a very comprehensive position which, despite its name, entails a lot more than just monitoring the radio. The tasks of Radio Operator include keeping logs (timesheets) of both present and/or departing staff members on the Rig (during both day and night shift). The Radio Operator maintains contact with the air traffic controller and especially with the helicopters coming in or flying off. While keeping an eye on incoming calls, checking emergency calls, and keeping an eye on the weather forecasts. Furthermore, maintenance of radio equipment and materials are added tasks for the Radio Operator. The Radio Operator works a basic shift of 12 hours per day (could be day and / or night shifts) in rotation of 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off. Depending on his experience the Radio Operator earns approximately U.S. $ 60,000 / EUR € 44.500 per year.


A Motorman is part of the crew that is responsible for the maintenance of the Rig engines and transmissions. Where the other crewmembers tend to repairs, the Motorman is primarily engaged in preventive maintenance and minor repairs. In addition to his responsibility for the engines, he also works on the assembly of pump equipment, the replacement of drill pipes, drill bits, drill head and drill markers. The Motorman connects pumps and hoses to the manifold, assists and / or operates the Drilling Mud Systems etc. The Motorman is often an “all round” worker maintaining all hydraulics, pumps and diesel engines. Besides his own work, the Motorman is supervisor of Floorhands. The income of a Motorman is around U.S. $ 65,000 / EUR € 48.500 per year.


This function can also be performed by the Assistant Derrickman. He mainly performeds his tasks in the so called “Mud Pump Room”. In addition, the Pumpman, if necessary, could be asked to work at the drilling location (drilling floor) in the position of Roughneck. The Pumpman is therefore somewhat all-round. Being a Pumpman is not an Entry Level position, but there are no qualifications or training required for him to fulfill these tasks on the Rig. The salary is at around U.S. $ 55,000 / EUR € 40.500 per year.

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