Offshore Drilling Roustabouts
Offshore drilling roustabouts have the jobs closest to their land-based roustabout
counterparts. While they may be required to help out as needed across the oil rig, similar to an able-bodied
Seaman, there main focus is working directly with the drilling crew, performing tasks that enable the drill crew
to complete their work without the distractions of the many minor repairs and errands that are part of
The drilling roustabout will be fetching tools, helping maintain equipment, cleaning, assembling,
and doing small repairs. As he becomes more familiar with the work environment, the offshore roustabout will
begin jumping into floor work when the roughnecks take breaks or during meal time. After he has done this for a
while, he can start doing roughneck work full-time, eventually earning the title as well as his first
Working as an offshore drilling roustabout is hard, sometimes even dangerous, work. You will be facing the elements of the
ocean, miles out at sea, and working long days for 2 to 4 week stretches. But the pay is great, the food is
great, you'll have plenty to do in your downtime.
On modern rigs, satellite phones allow you to call home every day. There will be a movie room, a game room, an
exercise room with weights, and often a sauna or jacuzzi. Your living quarters will be like staying in a
hotel, as someone else will be cleaning your room and making sure you have clean sheets and blankets every
night. And you'll have plenty of downtime to enjoy your good wages; if you do two weeks on, you'll get two
Offshore Drilling Roustabout Wages
Wages for entry-level Roustabouts run from 50 to 60k. An average wage would be 22.50 an hour; with 44
hours of overtime a week at time and a half, this adds up to 62K a year, for 6 months of work.
Getting a Drilling Roustabout Job Offshore
The best way to land an offshore Roustabout job is to apply in person - there are many unadvertised entry level
jobs offshore. Obviously, the person whose face is in the office asking for work every week or two is going to
stand out above all the other applicants.
If visiting the employment offices of offshore drilling contractors isn’t possible for you,
then the next best thing is to ensure that your Resume, C\V and Cover Letter are specific to the offshore industry,
and to the job you are applying for. We highly recommend the services of Rigworker if you wish to facilitate the process
and improve the odds. Rigworker has over 10,000 members, and thousands have had success when they chose to
utilize their Resume \ CV submittal service.
Rigworker charges a nominal fee for their
services, $60, which is quite reasonable and comparable in price to other resume submission firms who don't
focus on a specific industry, such as offshore drilling or oil industry jobs. Rigworker specializes in this
industry, and are very good at what they do. They guarantee your satisfaction with their services, and
your money back if you don't land work in 3 months. You will get far more for this small investment than
anywhere else on the internet.
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