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Driller Salary (United States)

Drillers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.30 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Drillers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Driller Salary (?
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$34,687 - $155,192
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $81,995
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Driller Salary (?
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$14.28 - $33.38
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$34,687 - $155,192  
   
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$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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$33,420 - $152,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.28 - $33.38  
   
Overtime
$17.72 - $50.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$33,420 - $152,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 147
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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.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $60K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $69K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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National Average
$62,000
Dallas
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Surpassing the national average by 56 percent, Drillers in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas.

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Experience Affects Driller Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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$62,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
female alumni
 
Male
100%
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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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 17%