Ready to go from OTR to Oil Field.

Discussion in 'Oilfield Trucking Forum' started by 305Driver, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. 305Driver

    305Driver Bobtail Member

    Jun 27, 2018
    1 YEAR OTR experience

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    I read the pinned oilfield thread and I talked to some people that mentioned they can make at least $2000 per week

    What I'm seeing on indeed so far is work that's 28% of the load (however much the gross is) and not much for the hourly positions.

    Will I make better money driving trucks in the oilfield or actually doing the labor? I'm fine with either or I'm 26 years old. I drive for a O/O now but his truck keeps breaking down and I've been out of work 5 weeks of the last 3 months.

    I'm wanting to save about 50-60k in the next year to get back into day-trading. So I'll need to be somewhere where I can at least gross 100k. 30 percent for taxes. I don't have bills besides my phone right now.

    So if It's indeed true that you can go out there and make $2000-$3000/ week in the field as a driver or a worker that's what I'm interested in right now.

    You guys can PM me as well for those who can't say too much publicly on the internet.
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  3. Dick Danger

    Dick Danger Medium Load Member

    Dec 19, 2014
  4. Matt1924

    Matt1924 Light Load Member

    Aug 6, 2018
    I’ll second that, it’s true. I have a friend that broke out in the oil fields in TX a couple years ago. Drove for an owner op that paid him 3k weekly. Responsible for his own taxes and what not, but they worked the hell out of him.
  5. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    in the bush somewhere
    Here in PA when the frac sand was a big deal, we had drivers here making $2500-3500 a week. And we're not a 1099 outfit, so you didn't worry about keeping 30% back for taxes.
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  6. SavageMuffin

    SavageMuffin Medium Load Member

    Jan 11, 2018
    It’s 6 one way half a dozen the other. If you think you might want to be a consultant or company man one day, get some down hole experience. Labor positions might start a little lower as a worm but if can easy rack up crazy overtime and make more than a lot of drivers.

    If not go drive.

    I work for a company that’s known for being on the low side of pay and I still avg $1500/Wk BUT I’m not micro managed, everybody’s cool, I can do a multitude of things to stay busy and make hours, so I got no complaints. I haul septic and freshwater in a straight truck, drive a flatbed and go out with crane operators, just depends on what’s going on that day.

    I do pretty well even after taxes, insurance 401k etc and I’m home with the family every night.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
  7. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    Not in the same truck I hope. :D
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  8. SavageMuffin

    SavageMuffin Medium Load Member

    Jan 11, 2018
    Lol never.
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  9. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    If you're familiar with buying and selling, margins, etc. then have you considered a marketing position?
  10. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    I think Oil Field driving is much healthier than OTR. In OTR my legs were getting torn down. All that sitting for long periods. And the legs are half the heart. Oil Field is much healthier for me.
    As I understand. Working the rigs is much more of a fight than working. I stay away from them.
  11. V8-MACK

    V8-MACK Light Load Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    Op don,t believe everything you here about the oil field. A lot of smoke and mirrors. Talk of 2k a week in tx., is a joke. Very few make that, 5 yrs ago wages where a lot better. I was in west tx. For 4 months crude hauler tester, no one is making anything out there. In part drivers thinking 2k is a lot of money is part of the problem. In 1994 if I ever got a check as low as 2,500 we would shut the horizontal drill rig down. Checks are 5,800 to7,800 &38,000 a week- out of country bonus.
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