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Drilling Engineer Salary

Drilling Engineers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $110K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of Drilling Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $25K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $74K and $159K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,122 - $141,705
MEDIAN: $99,175

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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.
$71,122 - $141,705  
$1,993 - $25,283  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,681  
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).
$74,443 - $159,070  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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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.

The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $101K. Drilling Engineers see a median salary of $143K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Drilling Engineers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $133K.

Pay Difference by Location

Although Drilling Engineers working in Houston have incomes that are slightly above the national average, geography doesn't actually seem to affect pay that much. With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Midland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Oklahoma City and Pittsburgh (5 percent lower and 4 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 52 votes.


7 %
93 %

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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%