The oyster shuckers are highly skilled in what they do. They must remove oysters from the shell by cutting the muscle on each side without damaging the meat. Oyster shuckers are paid by the gallon (each of the buckets are one gallon).  Five random oyster buckets are counted for each load of oysters, and an average count per bucket is calculated.  A sliding pay scale is used and for each 10 oysters, the price per gallon changes.  They are priced approximately .02 - .03 per oyster.