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Drilling Engineer Salary

Drilling Engineers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $99K annually. Total cash compensation for Drilling Engineers runs from $73K to $160K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $26K and profit sharing that can reach almost $16K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$71,122 - $143,897
MEDIAN: $98,858

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$71,122 - $143,897  
$2,010 - $25,709  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $15,670  
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).
$73,383 - $160,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Drilling Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Drilling Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $101K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $121K. Drilling Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $142K. 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

With a pay rate for Drilling Engineers that is 39 percent greater than the national average, Anchorage offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Drilling Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+4 percent) and Oklahoma City (+3 percent). Midland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (4 percent less) and Denver (2 percent less).

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.


7 %
93 %

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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%