This website says that offshore oil-drillers make between 40 and 60 thousand a year.
For an entry level position for someone with no experience in the industry, starting salaries for working an oil rig range from $50,000 to $60,000. This salary is accumulated throughout the oil drilling season, which is only about 6 months. Positions are also offered on a weekly basis, ranging from $800 to $1,000 per week. This pay, on top of good benefits, contributes to a very financially appealing job. At least when compared to the overall median personal income for all individuals over the age of 18 in the US is $25,149.
The “drilling season” is 12 months – drilling happens all the time (with a few shut downs such as the spring thaw in Canada). The concept of working 6 months means that a worker would typically work 5 weeks, 7 days a week on, then have 5 weeks off. But that would continue during all 12 months of the year.
Professionals, such as petroleum engineers and geoscientists, working on drill rigs would expect significantly higher starting salaries straight out of college with a Master’s degree – typically $85,000 per year to start.
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