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How much do oil rig workers make?

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An oil rig worker's salary varies based on location, seniority, and position within the company for which he or she works. For example, in Texas, a floormen, which is an entry-level position, starts at $18-$22 per hour while in North Dakota, the same position earns $26-$31 per hour, as of February 2015.

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A career as an oil rig worker seems lucrative, but the schedule is not like a normal work schedule. The average worker gets at least 84 hours a week for two weeks in a month, so the salary works out to about $50,000 to $80,000 per year starting out. Some workers earn over $100,000 per year, and some rigs offer bonuses such as mud pay and production bonuses. Mud pay is when the rig comes across oil. Production bonuses are when workers drill faster than expected or use less production material.

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