Driller Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Drillers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.40 per hour nationwide. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly more than a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Drillers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,841 - $118,826
$36K
$59K
$120K
MEDIAN: $58,555
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$14.79 - $31.59
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$32
MEDIAN: $20.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,841 - $118,826  
   
Bonus
$148.99 - $9,250  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$35,398 - $105,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $31.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.25  
Overtime
$20.90 - $42.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$148.99 - $9,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$35,398 - $105,442  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 228

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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

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Driller

Pay by Experience for a Driller has a positive trend. An entry-level Driller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 95 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Driller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Driller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 106 salaries. A Driller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 39 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,448

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Drillers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 134 percent above the national average. Drillers will also find cushy salaries in Midland (+111 percent) and Dallas (+96 percent).

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Key Stats for Driller

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Late-Career
▲9%

Experienced
▲6%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Driller Salaries

Driller
▲3%

National Average
$53,000

Drilling
▼6%

Machine Operation
▼13%

Drilling Engineering
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 22%