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.
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.Read More...
Drillers typically work with heavy equipment and potentially dangerous tools to drill. Work must be done in a careful and accurate manner, following all safety precautions and procedures to perform with consistent quality. Other tasks may involve moving equipment, bending or squatting to position equipment, climbing stairs or ladders to reach hard-to-access areas, and performing other physically demanding tasks. Specific jobs often list the weight and frequency of these tasks, but they are generally physically demanding.
Work environment can vary greatly for drillers, but it is typical to work in construction or other outdoor setting with potential safety hazards. Safety equipment and protocols should mitigate most risk, and adherence to these rules and regular communication are necessary. Work is generally done in teams of fellow workers with direct supervision by a higher-level worker. Work hours are based on specifically selected shifts, but a wide variety of schedules are available ranging from weekdays to overnight and weekend work.
- 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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