Oil Well Driller Salary

The average rate for an Oil Well Driller is $25.34 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field.

$35,101 - $167,675
(Median)
$35K
$89K
$170K
MEDIAN: $88,509
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50%
90%

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$12.36 - $37.33
(Median)
$12
$25
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$35,101 - $167,675  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $27,064  
Profit Sharing
$2,002 - $7,500  
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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$29,120 - $173,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $37.33  
   
Overtime
$18.89 - $69.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $27,064  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,002 - $7,500  
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).
)
$29,120 - $173,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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Job Description for Oil Well Driller

Oil well drillers operate drilling rig components to drill wells according to client or job specifications. Entry level drilling positions are generally entirely unskilled labor. With more training and experience, an oil well driller can become a leader of a drilling team, controlling the rate and continuity of drilling progress. They must have knowledge of how the drilling equipment works and occasionally need to carry out repairs and maintenance. Some drillers focus exclusively on vertical well drilling, but others venture into the more complex field of directional drilling, i.e. drilling wells on a slant. Their work is mainly done outdoors so there can be some harsh working conditions--extreme temperatures and confined spaces, for example.

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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 32%

National Average
$76,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 19%
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