Salary for Oil and Gas Roustabouts

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Oil and gas roustabouts repair oil and gas field equipment using hand and power tools. They also guide cranes, clean oil spills, dig drainage ditches around oil wells, and complete other similar tasks. These employees work in dangerous conditions with heavy equipment and machinery, so many precautions must be taken while on the job. To become an oil or gas roustabout a high school diploma or GED is usually unnecessary, but some employers do recommend one. Job training is almost always completed on-site, but a few employers do like their employees to complete an apprenticeship program before beginning work.

A Oil or Gas Roustabout will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $28,700 - $60,650 based on experience and domain knowledge. usually receive a pay level of fourty-two thousand one hundred and sixty dollars per year.

have the highest pay levels in Montana, where they can get average job salaries of near $54,240. People in this category of job can expect the highest salaries in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they earn an average pay rate of $57,800.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 59.09 percent nationwide in that time.


Oil and Gas Roustabouts tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Wholesale Trade
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction