Average pay for a Drilling Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $101K per year. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $97K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $125K. Drilling Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $133K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $154K. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,465 - $159,183
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$63K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $101,177
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90%

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$16.54 - $195.74
(Median)
$17
$28
$200
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$63,465 - $159,183  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,979  
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
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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$59,420 - $168,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$16.54 - $195.74  
   
Overtime
$28.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,979  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,087  
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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$59,420 - $168,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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: $112,059

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Anchorage is home to an above-average pay rate for Drilling Engineers, 7 percent higher than the national average. Drilling Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+7 percent) and Houston (+3 percent). In Midland, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Denver (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Drilling Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$112,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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