Anyone who has ever seen the movie Armageddon with stars Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis will no doubt be familiar with the term roughnecks. In the movie the roughnecks basically save the world from doom by destroying an asteroid. The term means anyone who is an oil industry worker, whether it be land based or sea based. Sea based oil workers usually work on rigs. This article shows a few roughneck jobs and what they do and earn.
The question therefore arises, apart from the seeming excitement of the job, around how much an oil worker really makes in a year. How much would I make if I wanted to work an oil industry job? Of course as with any industry there are tiers of job levels with different pay structures but hopefully this write-up can give a rough estimate, pun aside.
At the bottom of the rung of the oil industry are galley hands and cooks. Galley hands are actually beginners or neophytes or as we would call trainees in some sectors. Cooks of course are essential to the oil industry to answer the food requirements of the oil workers who work on shifts, more so if the workplace is on an oil rig where it is pretty much a 24 hour job. Galley hands and cooks make around 35,000 to 42,000 dollars per year.
Roustabouts are a bit more specialized than the galley hands in that they assemble or repair oil field equipment using hand and power tools. They also do a lot of other tasks and jobs as needed. Roustabouts earn about 45,000 dollars a year.
Roughnecks earn about 55,000 dollars a year. They operate mostly drilling equipment and do general duties around the wells. They have long labor hours and do a variety of jobs even driving trucks sometimes full of equipment.
Next you have the derrickman who is second in rank to the driller. He is given this name since he is suspended in a derrick attached to a harness as he does his duties of servicing the drill pipe. He makes around 62,000 dollars a year. The driller is the one in charge of a drill crew during operations and in charge of overall safety at a rig site. He makes around 85,000 dollars a year.
The tool pusher is either a oil contractor supervisor or a location supervisor who coordinates the drilling activities of drill crews and his job is mainly administrative to make sure everything is available to make the operations flow smoothly. The tool pusher makes around 100,000 to 115,000 dollars a year.
Last but not the least in the oil field list of jobs is the supervisor, who makes around 200,000 to 300,000 a year. He is the man in charge of the entire field operations and all the people under him. It is his job to make sure that process flows and production quotas are met at the site and that no untoward incident happens. There are more variety of jobs and tasks in the oil and gas industry, but the above is a general list of who does what and how much they make in a year.