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Driller Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Drillers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.87 per hour nationwide. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Drillers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,913 - $158,117
(Median)
$31K
$84K
$160K
MEDIAN: $83,878
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50%
90%

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$14.37 - $33.49
(Median)
$14
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$30,913 - $158,117  
   
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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$33,065 - $150,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $33.49  
   
Overtime
$17.72 - $49.28  
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 - $12,080  
   
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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$33,065 - $150,324  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $60K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. Drillers see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $59K.

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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

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 23 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
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: 18%
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