Driller Salary

Men make up the majority of Drillers in the United States, bringing in about $21.89 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of Drillers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,172 - $164,624
(Median)
$31K
$80K
$160K
MEDIAN: $79,887
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$14.98 - $33.41
(Median)
$15
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$31,172 - $164,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,080  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$35,156 - $141,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.98 - $33.41  
   
Overtime
$19.46 - $48.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,080  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$35,156 - $141,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 223
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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $71K. Drillers bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $59K.

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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$60,000

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Driller Salaries

National Average
$60,000

Driller
up arrow 8%

Drilling Engineering
up arrow 13%

Drilling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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