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Cranes are used to lift personnel and heavy equipment. In some cases, crane operators working on offshore oil rigs may be responsible for overseeing other workers or performing routine maintenance.

While crane operators tend to be relatively well paid compared to other types of machine operators, offshore crane operators tend to be particularly well paid.

 

What can I earn working as a crane operator?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, crane operators in all industries earned an average wage of $24.82 per hour and an average salary of $51,620 a year as of May 2013.

Half of all crane operators reported annual salaries ranging from $37,410 to $63,260. However, offshore oil rig crane operators tend to make a bit more. According to statistics released by the salary website Indeed, the national average salary for an offshore crane operator was $65,000 per year as of May 2014.

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What are the requirements to be a crane operator?

Requirements to become an offshore crane operator vary by employer. Some employers require that crane operators hold an offshore crane operator's certificate.

They may also be required to hold a restricted radio operator certificate or a helicopter landing officer certificate.

Some employers also prize prior offshore or oil industry experience; Maersk Drilling corporation, for instance, often hires crane operators who have experience as oil and gas roustabouts or assistant crane operators.

In addition, most offshore drilling jobs -- including that of crane operator -- require that workers complete shifts of several days or weeks at a time.

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