Offshore drilling worker | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Offshore drilling workers drill for undersea oil and gas on offshore rigs.

  • Train crews, and introduce procedures to make drill work more safe and effective.  
  • Observe pressure gauge and move throttles and levers to control the speed of rotary tables, and to regulate pressure of tools at bottoms of boreholes.  
  • Count sections of drill rod to determine depths of boreholes.  
  • Push levers and brake pedals to control
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Offshore drilling workers typically work around 53 to 55 hours per week.

As a Offshore drilling worker you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
62,083 GBP *
per year
12,000 GBP
50,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Offshore drilling worker

Big gender gap
  • 65,592 GBP
  • 37,074 GBP
Average salary for full-time Offshore drilling worker

  • 62,083 GBP
  • 37,074 GBP
  • 65,592 GBP
Salary over time for Offshore drilling worker

Salary for this role has increased over time
  • 53,639 GBP
  • 52,242 GBP
  • 57,695 GBP
  • 59,256 GBP
  • 62,083 GBP

Future outlook for Offshore drilling workers

Balanced outlook
3% yearly wage growth (on average)

Offshore drilling worker - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Offshore drilling worker and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 31% of people in this role have do not have GCSEs or equivalent qualifications
  • 29% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 22% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

You can apply directly to offshore oil and gas companies if you've got experience in an industry like engineering or construction.

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • observation and recording skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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Things to highlight for your Offshore drilling worker interview

Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Leadership Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

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