Oil Well Driller Salary

The average rate for an Oil Well Driller is $26.55 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field.

$35,101 - $124,610
(Median)
$35K
$83K
$120K
MEDIAN: $83,006
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$12.37 - $39.39
(Median)
$12
$27
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$35,101 - $124,610  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $75,750  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$34,888 - $185,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $39.39  
   
Overtime
$19.40 - $78.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $75,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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).
)
$34,888 - $185,135  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Oil Well Driller

An oil well driller works in the energy industry to operate heavy machinery to extract oil from the earth or (in some cases) the sea floor. Drillers often work in the field as part of a crew assigned to an oil rig. A typical rig may have multiple drilling sections, with an oil well driller taking the drill bit to certain strata below the earth's surface and returning samples. Once a sample reveals a suitable area, the driller and his or her crew begin to drill for oil extraction. During the drilling process, the oil well driller carefully monitors and adjusts the drill bit and extraction lines to ensure maximum efficiency of crude extraction and maintain safety for all crew members.

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Oil Well Driller Tasks

  • Lower and raise drill pipes and casings in and out of wells.
  • Monitor pressure gauge and adjust throttles and levers to control the speed of rotary tables.
  • Set up and operate drill to remove underground oil or core samples for testing.
  • Monitor, maintain, and adjust machinery for optimal performance.

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Experience Affects Oil Well Driller Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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