Salaries for Drilling Engineers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $100K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $117K. For Drilling Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $128K. Drilling Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $156K. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$62,113 - $168,608
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$170K
MEDIAN: $103,107
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$16.67 - $190.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$62,113 - $168,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,680  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $19,866  
Total Pay (?
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$53,107 - $206,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$16.67 - $190.58  
   
Overtime
$28.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,680  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $19,866  
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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$53,107 - $206,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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.

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Drilling Engineer Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Drilling Engineer

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,237

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For those looking to make money, Drilling Engineers in Anchorage enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 6 percent above the national average. Drilling Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+6 percent) and Houston (+5 percent). Midland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Drilling Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Drilling Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$113,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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