Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Drillers earn an average of $20.24 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Drillers. Some workers in this field — one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of 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.
The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $58K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Drillers make a median salary of $56K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $58K.