Drilling Engineer Salary

Generous salaries abound for Drilling Engineers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. In the world of Drilling Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $16K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $74K and $166K. While the specific employer and geography impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Drilling Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$71,582 - $146,776
MEDIAN: $99,352

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$71,582 - $146,776  
$2,020 - $29,110  
Profit Sharing
$1,010 - $16,219  
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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).
$73,765 - $166,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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Job Description for Drilling Engineer

Drilling engineers are in charge of all aspects of drilling, following project specifications and performing real-time monitoring of drilling operations. They contribute ideas related to drilling methods, change drilling requirements as needed, and take part in planning and optimization of drilling parameters for increased efficiency. Additionally, drilling engineers identify technical operational limiters and participate in project meetings to recommend drilling planning processes changes, as well as analyze offsets and establish initial drilling parameter set points.


Drilling Engineer Tasks

  • Support field supervisors throughout the implementation and assist on-site as needed.
  • Develop cost estimates and risks versus rewards analysis.
  • Develop strategies to achieve well construction and data gathering objectives.
  • Document results, problems and causes and improvement suggestions throughout the implementation.

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For Drilling Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $102K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $129K. Drilling Engineers bring in $140K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $150K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

Drilling Engineers will find that Anchorage offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 8 percent. Drilling Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+8 percent) and Houston (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Midland. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Denver (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.


6 %
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%