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Mudlogger Salary

Updated on June 29, 2012

MudLogger Salary

Mudloggers are now earning more than ever before. In fact, with the current surge of industry demand, all oil rig jobs have seen a big boost in pay. Everyone from Roughnecks to Mud Engineers are enjoying top rates out in the field. So what is the average Mudlogger salary? In the U.S. it totals $53,000 per year, but this will vary according to location and experience. For example, in parts of Texas and New York Mudloggers make much more than the national average. And what about Mudlogger trainees, how much do they make? Their average rounds out to $38,000 not including benefits like health insurance and work bonuses. To learn more about the job and employer requirements, continue below. (Note: Average Mud Logger salaries are currently on the rise)

Find out how much Mud Engineers make by clicking on the link below. High starting salaries are common, but mud school openings are limited.

Mud Engineer Salary –


Unlike Mud Engineers (who complete a short training course called mud school), Mudloggers need to have a degree in science. Typical degrees for Mudloggers include; geology, physics, chemistry, and engineering. Employers require Mudloggers to master these “hard sciences” so that they know a little about everything when working out in the field. Fortunately, experience is not an entry level requirement because field skills are learned through hands-on training.

When applying for jobs it is extremely important to list personal skills that employers find valuable. Although personal skills may not be required on an application, they can help to catch an employer’s attention. It is also good to have a resume that highlights several key strengths, so that you can clearly state what you will bring to the field. Important strengths to put on a resume include; communicating effectively, being proficient in a lab, and being competent with computers.

Job Description

Mud logging is the act of recording the geological characteristics of a borehole. In the energy industry, boreholes are drilled in order to construct wells for oil and gas. As these wells are drilled, Mudloggers evaluate rock cuttings that are carried up out of the borehole by a fluid called “Mud” that is specifically designed to keep the drill bit clean.

By analyzing cuttings Mudloggers gain a wealth of knowledge about the formation being drilled. They can determine things like; the type of rock, the location of the drill bit, and the presence of oil or gas. After analyzing their findings, Mudloggers enter their results in a work computer that makes a detailed log which is then submitted as a formal report of the borehole’s lithology.

Included in their report will be additional information about key drilling statistics. The mud flow, drilling rate, and pump pressure are just a few typical items that are featured in their logs. To collect this information, Mudloggers monitor special sensors and sensitive equipment that they must be able to calibrate in “real time” while out on the rig.

Work Life

As a profession, Mud Logging can be both tedious and stressful. This is due to the fact that cuttings need to be regularly logged as drilling progresses. When drilling rates increase Mudloggers must be quick to catch and analyze cuttings or else they will miss collecting valuable data for the drilling operation. As you can see, working well under pressure is a good trait to have if you want to turn this job into a long term career.

In the field, “loggers” are consulted for information about the geology of other wells in the area. They are therefore a key resource for data about the type of rock formation that will be drilled. Since this positions them as experts, most companies have established high performance expectations, meaning that the quality of their reports must be both accurate and extremely detailed.

Depending on which of the mud logging companies you choose to work for, as a Mudlogger you will likely spend most of your time in a small trailer out on a rig. This trailer houses computers and special pieces of equipment so that it functions much like a remote work station. Working in 12 hour shifts (called tours) is common while onsite, as are rotations of working 4 weeks in the field before earning 2 weeks off.

To learn more about opportunities in the drilling industry, try clicking on this blue text link which highlights the words mud engineer salary. You may also find more detailed information by clicking on one of the links below.

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Mudlogger Salary Statistics in Texas and New York
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    Mud Engineer 5 years ago from Texas

    Have you thought about becoming a mud engineer? They are paid well and have better working conditions than mudloggers. You don't need a degree to get a job as a mud engineer but you do need to go through a short training course known as Mud School. Try clicking on one of the links in my article to learn more about opportunities in the field.

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    BigGeoMike 5 years ago

    Thanks for the information. I was thinking about becoming a mud logger after I finish my bachelor's degree in geology. From what I have read online, the average mud logger's pay ranges between $50,000 and $60,000 per year. This is enough to help me pay back my college loans, but to be honest, the lifestyle of a mud logger sounds less and less appealing. Do you know of any other jobs in the industry that have better working conditions and more advancement opportunities? I would like to use my degree in the field. Thanks.