How much do onshore oil rig jobs pay?

Working on an onshore oil rig can be hot, dirty work, but can lead to a long career if it's the kind of work you enjoy. You must be 18 to apply for an onshore oil rig job and will be expected to pass a drug test. Oil companies routinely hire engineers in mechanics, but you don't need a degree to work on a rig. The salary of onshore oil rig jobs depends on the type of work you do.

Benefits of onshore

Convenience is one reason some people choose to apply for a job as an onshore oil rig worker rather than offshore. Whereas offshore rigs may be located in remote, non-hospitable areas, onshore rigs are generally found in warm locations where the weather is less likely to interrupt operations. For a rig worker who wants to see her family every night, working onshore gives her the opportunity to do so.

£32,500 range jobs

There are a number of onshore oil rig jobs that offer a salary in the $50,000 range. Among these positions are scaffolders, painters, roustabouts and maintenance roustabouts. A scaffolder installs the scaffolding that workers need to have access to all parts of the oil rig, while painters strap on safety harnesses to paint the rigs. Roustabouts guide the cranes that move large loads around the deck of the rig, and maintenance roustabouts perform upkeep and general maintenance at the work sites. Many onshore oil rig employees begin their careers as a roustabout.

£35,000 range jobs

Higher-paying jobs with onshore oil rigs include radio operators, welders and storemen. A radio operator acts as the communication hub on an oil rig site. He makes sure that all sectors of the operation are communicating with others. A welder is vital on an oil rig as he makes repairs to equipment and fabricates whatever metal parts are needed to make the rig operate efficiently. All equipment and inventory on site are overseen by a storeman who is responsible for keeping track of assets.

£41,000 range jobs

Mud engineers are among the higher-paid employees on an oil rig. That's because anyone who holds this position must understand chemistry to such a degree that he can oversee the use of dangerous chemicals and fluids used on site.

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Dana Sparks has been a professional writer since 1990. As a staff reporter, she has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and she is also the author of two published novels. Sparks holds a Bachelor of Arts in business.

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