Drilling Engineer Salary

Compensation for Drilling Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($105K). With some bonuses approaching $30K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Drilling Engineers spread between $50K and $199K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the company and geography. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Drilling Engineers are male. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$62,382 - $166,003
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$170K
MEDIAN: $104,739
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$16.71 - $188.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$62,382 - $166,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,374  
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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$50,418 - $199,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$16.71 - $188.94  
   
Overtime
$31.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,374  
   
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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$50,418 - $199,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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

Pay by Experience for a Drilling Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Drilling Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 59 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Drilling Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $116,000 based on 34 salaries. An experienced Drilling Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $127,000 based on 30 salaries. A Drilling Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $153,000 based on 18 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $113,701

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

Drilling Engineers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 6 percent. Drilling Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Anchorage (+6 percent) and Oklahoma City (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Midland is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Denver (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Drilling Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Drilling Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲35%

Experienced
▲11%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$114,000

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 11%
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