Drilling Engineer Salary (United States)

A Drilling Engineer earns an average salary of $99,296 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Drilling Engineer Total Pay (?
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$70,663 - $143,838
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$70,663 - $143,838  
   
Bonus
$2,027 - $28,160  
Profit Sharing
$1,449 - $20,608  
Total Pay (?
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$73,296 - $160,753  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 246
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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
  • 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.
Pay Difference By Location
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$112,000
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Experience Affects Drilling Engineer Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$112,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Drilling Engineer Salaries

Drilling Engineering
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National Average
$112,000
Engineering Design
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Gender
Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%
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