if you know the starting pay for able seaman at a few of the offshore company in the gulf please leave a comment. Thanks
Pay is never discussed openly and DOE. A fresh AB wont make ad much as an AB with more expirence. AB not a cook will make less than AB cook or a Deckineer. So it would be hard to say and it can range from 140/ day to 300+ day
By all means, discuss wages. Nothing is more important to us.
Wages are sometimes posted and often discussed.
Obviously, people who are not anonymous cannot say much openly. Most of us are anonymous enough to be able to post slightly disguised info. Those who’s screen names may be know to the office can PM wage information to someone else at a different company.
A friend of mine who had no commercial experience got a job at black and orange making 350 a day (or so he says). He does have AB, STCW, 100 ton master, VSO, and the other bells and whistles. He was a QM in the navy and had a security clearance. He also gets paid travel as he is on a govt contract boat.
Probably doing the sub escorts out of Kings Bay.
Those aren’t the only govt jobs we have…
I know an AB Deckhand who makes over $400/day, but he has tons of experience on deck, in the galley, and in the engine room. He also holds a100T Master, but that is one of the highest I have heard of.
From what I’ve observed, seems like abs are making anywhere from $250 to $400 a day…with some paying more than 4. Average seems to be $300-$325…usually the companies still paying in the 200s aren’t requiring RFPNW and such.
[QUOTE=Ctony;147108]From what I’ve observed, seems like abs are making anywhere from $250 to $400 a day…with some paying more than 4. Average seems to be $300-$325…usually the companies still paying in the 200s aren’t requiring RFPNW and such.[/QUOTE]
I agree with that
I know this might come as a surprise…but there is a whole other part and/or parts of the industry that ISN’T in the fuckin’ GOM. Believe it or not, they hire qualified people too. Yes, it IS shocking.
I hear Bouchard is looking for AB’s and OS’s at this moment. There are 2-4 new build ATB’s in the pipeline now. They have several positions to fill. Great place to start and get your feet wet. Remember, “beggars can’t be choosers”.
Knowing how to cook is a plus.
Depends on your credentials. AB special and limited will usually make less than unlimited. Also your STCW endorcements can effect pay.
Not necessarily in the tug/barge world. From my experience, an OS is an OS and an AB is an AB. The pay jump from OS to AB is totally worth the effort to get your AB class completed along with RFPNW and STCW. I’ve never understood why mariners buck the tide when it comes to getting endorsements. The more qualifications you have the more marketable you are, PERIOD. A deckhand on a wire boat and/or an ATB Is typically more qualified, in general, than a mud boat deckhand…Especially a wire boat / Hawser deckhand. So to all of you green hands out there looking for work in the GOM, open up your options by seeking employment in the petroleum transportation sector. There will ALWAYS be work in that part of our cool little world. Stay salty And safe sailors.
As a guy that worked on tugs and currently works on osv’s I would strongly recommend working on an osv. Paid 100-150$ more and the work is a lot easier.