Driller Salary

Men make up the majority of Drillers in the United States, bringing in about $22.10 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Drillers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,905 - $162,457
(Median)
$35K
$85K
$160K
MEDIAN: $84,648
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$14.23 - $33.98
(Median)
$14
$22
$34
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$34,905 - $162,457  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,040  
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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$32,945 - $149,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.23 - $33.98  
   
Overtime
$17.90 - $49.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,040  
   
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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$32,945 - $149,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $59K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $72K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Drillers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$62,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%

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
14%

Common Health Benefits

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