This is information as of January 2017.
What do Gate Guards do?
Onsite RV – You work and live onsite with your RV parked at the “gate” or very nearby. You may be signing in and out anywhere from 20 to 400 vehicles depending on the “gate”.
- Upside: Onsite you can do other things in and around your trailer if gate is slow. Read a lot. Play games, Cook, whatever you want to do that allows you to set it aside while you sign a vehicle in or out.
- Downside – you may be napping and hear the bing-bong! even if you are the off-duty partner. One of the team has to be always available at “gate”.
- Current pay can range from $100 to $200 depending on shift, # of pads, and company.
- Downside – 24 hrs day / 7 days a week
Offsite RV – you may work 12 hr shift and live off-site
- Upside – When you arent at gate, you can go and do whatever you want.
- Downside – pay is less (and not paid for your site rental)
There are also all kinds of combinations – a REALLY busy gate may have two couples with both having an RV onsite – each paid more than typical – but it takes 2 people each shift so little time for other things – so you only have 12 hrs to sleep, grocery shop, do laundry, etc.
You never know until you are there. The scheduler or field supervisor will try to guess but it’s just a guess.
As a rule if you have more than 1 pad, you should be making a little more. The company may contract for one gate but that doesn’t mean you should get minimum if it is a busy more than 1 pad gate.
At the moment, the oil industry in the US is picking up steam again after 2-3 real bust years. This means that guard gate pay should go up from the current low of $100-125. There is already a shortage of guards mainly in Texas but also LA, NM, and OK. Personally I would like to see the pay be a MINIMUM of the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hr (or close to $175 a 24 hr shift). Currently it is what it is.