A sizeable majority of Drillers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.13 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Drillers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,142 - $120,289
$35K
$57K
$120K
MEDIAN: $57,449
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50%
90%

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$14.65 - $31.19
$15
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20.13
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,142 - $120,289  
   
Bonus
$148.49 - $12,120  
Profit Sharing
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$34,215 - $104,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.65 - $31.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.13  
Overtime
$20.75 - $43.07  
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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$34,215 - $104,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 224

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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

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $57K. For Drillers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $57K on average.

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Key Stats for Driller

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$53,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Driller Salaries

Driller
up arrow 3%

National Average
$53,000

Drilling
up arrow 10%

Machine Operation
up arrow 12%

Drilling Engineering
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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