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Driller Salary

Drillers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.04 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Drillers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,723 - $159,984
(Median)
$31K
$82K
$160K
MEDIAN: $82,282
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50%
90%

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$14.41 - $33.43
(Median)
$14
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$30,723 - $159,984  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,122  
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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$33,098 - $152,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.41 - $33.43  
   
Overtime
$17.53 - $49.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,122  
   
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).
)
$33,098 - $152,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158

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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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. Drillers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $62K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average.

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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$62,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%