The Best Paid Offshore Jobs

Updated February 21, 2017

Offshore jobs usually pertain to employment in the oil and gas industry. These jobs are typically performed on an offshore oil rig. People seek out offshore jobs because of the high salary potential and possible tax deductions. These benefits often come with a price, such as inherent dangers, risks and isolation. The jobs frequently entail working from 14 to 42 days straight without a day off.

Offshore Installation Manager

An offshore installation manager is usually someone who has worked his way up through the drill-crew ranks. He is in overall charge of the oil rig and should be familiar with all job duties involved. He typically has a minimum 10 years offshore experience, including at least five years in a supervisory or management position. As of 2011, offshore installation managers earn approximately £71,500 per year.


A mud engineer is in charge of the drilling fluids used on the rig. She is usually a graduate in chemistry who attended a mud school for more relevant training. As of 2011, mud engineers earn approximately £47,125 annually.

Subsea engineers take care of all of the planning for subsea systems repair, maintenance, and operations. This includes being responsible for the blowout-preventer unit and the motion compensation system of the rig. As of 2011, subsea engineers earn approximately £55,900 annually.

A drilling engineer's main responsibility is to supervise and administer the drill. She collaborates with other professionals in regard to drilling location and progress. As of 2011, drilling engineers earn approximately £55,900 annually.

Maintenance Supervisor

Mechanical and electrical maintenance supervisors are responsible for the maintenance and repair of diesel engines, mechanical operation, and all electrical equipment down to the changing of light bulbs. It is normal for a mechanical and electrical maintenance supervisor to work more than a 12-hour shift; he might be called out anytime during his time off. As of 2011, maintenance engineers earn approximately £56,875 annually.

Rig Safety & Training Co-ordinator

A rig safety and training coordinator's duties include ensuring a safe environment for the crew through mentoring and training. He is usually a good communicator, with organizational and computer skills. The job requires a full knowledge of offshore safety laws and company policies. As of 2011, rig safety managers typically earn £52,000 annually.

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