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Drilling Engineer Salary

Drilling Engineers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($99K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation to Drilling Engineers bottoms out near $74K and approaches $159K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $26K from bonuses and almost $16K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Drilling Engineers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$71,175 - $143,511
MEDIAN: $99,043

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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.
$71,175 - $143,511  
$1,999 - $25,662  
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).
$73,723 - $159,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268

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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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $101K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $142K. Drilling Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $150K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Drilling Engineers, working in the bustling city of Anchorage has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Drilling Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+4 percent) and Oklahoma City (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Midland, 12 percent below the national average. Pittsburgh and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Drilling Engineer Salaries

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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 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: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%