Drilling Engineer Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Drilling Engineers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $100K per year. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $101K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $128K. Drilling Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $142K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $153K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$70,721 - $149,411
(Median)
$71K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $99,506
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$16.83 - $197.27
(Median)
$17
$31
$200
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,721 - $149,411  
   
Bonus
$2,020 - $26,425  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $16,107  
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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$70,806 - $168,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$16.83 - $197.27  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$2,020 - $26,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $16,107  
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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$70,806 - $168,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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

National Average: $111,659

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Drilling Engineers, Anchorage offers exceptional salaries, 7 percent above the national average. Drilling Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+7 percent) and Houston (+5 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Midland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Pittsburgh and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Drilling Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$112,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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