Oil Pumper

Travel to pump sites and schedule tankers for fill-up when ready.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$25,000 – $62,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Oil Pumpers do?

Oil fields can be messy, cold, wet, and productive places. It’s a good thing for the rest of us that that’s the ideal work environment for Oil Pumpers, who enjoy the slog through the early morning fog to monitor each pump. Otherwise, the oil and gas reserves would never make it to the local gas stations.

When you’re an Oil Pumper, weather is the least of your concerns. Although frozen pipes can add an extra challenge to the job, you have the boots, gloves, and tools to deal with the elements in order to get the job done. And what is the job?

Travel is part of it. Each day of the calendar is basically the same. It reads, “Check pumps.” You’re often in very remote areas, so it’s not uncommon to drive a truck, hop on an ATV, or even use a boat in order to travel from one site to another.

Once on site, you use your Oil Pumper know-how to read the gauges, take samples, make repairs, and gather measurements. It’s your job to know how much oil is being produced, how full the storage tanks are, and at what rate the material is flowing. This information allows you to make the call when a Tanker Driver needs to show up to transport the oil. It also keeps your bosses informed about how much money they can expect to make and what the quality of the materials will be.


Should I be an Oil Pumper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Oil Field Pumper, Oil Well Pumper

    How to become an Oil Pumper

    Most Oil Pumpers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9keaaa&chl=no+college+%2880%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29|associate%27s+%286%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,80,80
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