Driller Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Drillers earn an average of $22.21 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,064 - $161,700
(Median)
$35K
$84K
$160K
MEDIAN: $83,878
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$14.34 - $33.98
(Median)
$14
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$35,064 - $161,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,080  
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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$33,376 - $149,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $33.98  
   
Overtime
$17.95 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,080  
   
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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$33,376 - $149,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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 $59K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $72K. Drillers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $60K.

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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$62,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 19%
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