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Cathead Worker Salary
in New York-Manhattan, New York

$79,153 (USD)

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The average pay for a Cathead Worker is $79,153 a year and $38 an hour in New York-Manhattan, New York, United States. The average salary range for a Cathead Worker is between $56,769 and $97,676. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in New York-Manhattan, New York.

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Job Summary

  • Assists rotary driller in operating machinery to drill oil or gas wells, using handtools and power tongs and wrenches: assembles and disassembles casings and pipe sections, using hand and power wrenches and tongs.
  • Sets curved metal wedges around pipe string at wellhead to prevent string from falling into well during change or addition of pipe sections.
  • Tightens or loosens threaded joints between sections, using tongs or chain wrenches.
  • Guides lower end of pipe sections to or from well opening.
  • Loosens or tightens joints, using cathead (winch).
  • Mixes drilling mud (clay and sand slush), using power agitators.
  • Reads gauge to ascertain pressure on drilling tools at bottom of well and reports irregularities to rotary driller.
  • Repairs drilling machinery, slush pumps, and derricks.
  • Digs drainage ditches, racks tools, and cleans drilling floor around rig.
  • May assist in erecting and dismantling rigs.
  • Performs other duties as described under helper.
  • May be known according to specific duty performed as back-up worker; cathead worker; lead-tong worker; pipe racker.
Cathead Worker Job Prevalence in New York-Manhattan, New York, United States

Job family: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

Job family population: 15,370

Estimated population of Cathead Worker jobs: 621

Rate of error: 4.9%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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