The average pay for a Directional Driller is $18.07 per hour. A skill in Drilling Engineering is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$31,494 - $186,564
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MEDIAN: $59,161
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$13.89 - $27.49
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$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$31,494 - $186,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $113,408  
Total Pay (?
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$33,298 - $150,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $27.49  
   
Overtime
$20.24 - $42.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $113,408  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$33,298 - $150,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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Job Description for Directional Driller

A directional driller is crucial to the energy field in this day and age. More and more oil is needed to supply the energy demands of the world, and it is being accomplished on the ground every day. Hydraulic fracture drilling, or fracking, is accomplished by many techniques, but the primary one is horizontal, or directional, drilling. You will be the one on the ground handling the machinery required to get oil out of the ground. This is definitely a manual labor position, and you will be required to perform physically demanding duties on a daily basis.

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What is it like working as a Directional Driller?

Directional Driller in Boise:
"Physically easy yet mentally exhausting."
Pros: Being challenged daily and having to be creative in order to complete the task.

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Experience Affects Directional Driller Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$51,000

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Directional Driller Salaries

Drilling Engineering
up arrow 98%

National Average
$51,000

CDL
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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