Job Description for Landman
A landman holds an important position in the energy and natural resource industries. Employed mainly by mining and energy companies, the landman is mainly concerned with acquiring and maintaining access to the rights to use land for natural resource extraction. While this position oce entailed on-the-ground exploration, the position today is primarily an indoor job that still requires an occasional front-line presence (sometimes in inclement weather or rough conditions).Read More...
One of the chief duties of a landman is negotiating for the rights to extract minerals or gas from the ground (mineral rights) and securing access to the sites acquired (right of way). This requires excellent negotiating skills, as well as knowledge of earth sciences and the legal details of such agreements. Other duties may include keeping up with all the necessary paperwork and legal documentation that is required by state, federal, and international law; acting as a liaison to and coordinating with other departments within the company; and providing information and advice on competing interests in the area.
While not required, many companies prefer a bachelor’s degree in business or the earth sciences, or they have equivalent experience in the field; there are some universities that have a specific program for this type of work (energy or land management). The skills needed for this position include maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of relevant laws, the ability to understand and file legal documents, and the ability to negotiate with land owners and their representatives. They should also pay excellent attention to detail, be able to multitask, have basic computer skills, be able to work well in a team, and be able to read a map.
- Oversee the work of technical staff and supervise geological procedures necessary to identify exploration sites.
- Assess the cost of oil and gas wells and monitor production rates to improve exploration processes.
- Coordinate field exploration activities.
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Popular Skills for Landman
Landmans only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Contract Negotiation, Legal Research, and Due Diligence are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Due Diligence. For most people, competency in Contract Negotiation indicates knowledge of Legal Research.
Pay by Experience Level for Landman
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $72K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $90K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Landmans make a median salary of $95K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Landman with more than 20 years of experience can earn $102K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Houston — each nestled in the heart of Texas — boast salaries above the national rate for Landmans, making this southern state (and these three cities) top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Compared to the national average, Lafayette Landmans have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Oklahoma City (14 percent lower) and Austin (4 percent lower).