Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Drillers earn an average of $20.24 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Drillers. Some workers in this field — one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,759 - $122,888
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$36K
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$120K
MEDIAN: $59,441
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$14.55 - $31.89
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$15
$20
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,759 - $122,888  
   
Bonus
$148.49 - $12,120  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$34,260 - $109,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $31.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.13  
Overtime
$20.38 - $43.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$148.49 - $12,120  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$34,260 - $109,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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Job Description for Driller

"Driller" can refer to many different positions, but it generally includes physical work in a construction or oil rig environment. Educational requirements for these positions generally do not exist, but some may require a high school degree or equivalent. Work history requirements vary from position to position, as some are open to entry-level candidates that must be trained, while others require experience with and knowledge of relevant tools. Some certifications or licenses may be required to perform the work, but this varies from state to state; some positions may allow candidates to work toward them after the hiring process.

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Driller Tasks

  • Take steps for remediation, including adding chemicals and repairing equipment.
  • Monitor wells, record measurements, and observe the site.
  • Participate in safety programs.
  • Operate machinery to drill and install wells.
  • Use mapping and sonar instruments to identify where to place wells.

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Pay by Experience Level for Driller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $58K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Drillers make a median salary of $56K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $58K.

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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Driller Salaries

Driller
0%

National Average
$54,000

Drilling
up arrow 11%

Machine Operation
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Drilling Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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