Drilling Engineer Salary

A Drilling Engineer earns an average salary of $99,352 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$71,582 - $146,776
MEDIAN: $99,352

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$71,582 - $146,776  
$2,020 - $29,110  
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$1,010 - $16,219  
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$73,765 - $166,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 278
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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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 5%