Sample Washer

Pulverize cuttings and cores removed from oil or gas well boreholes.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sample Washers do?

Pulverizes cuttings and cores removed from oil or gas well boreholes, using hammer or small power crusher. Washes cuttings through various-sized mesh screens to separate samples and fossils from soil and other foreign matter. Places samples in bags and attaches identification tags.


Should I be a Sample Washer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Sample Gatherer

    How to become a Sample Washer

    Most Sample Washers 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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