Water Well Drillers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.94 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to more than half, and a little less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Most Water Well Drillers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,991 - $100,671
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$31K
$57K
$100K
MEDIAN: $57,391
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$13.03 - $24.58
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,991 - $100,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,000  
Commission
$10,000  
Total Pay (?
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$31,004 - $77,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 28
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $24.58  
   
Overtime
$19.46 - $36.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,000  
   
Commission
$10,000  
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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$31,004 - $77,924  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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Job Description for Water Well Driller

A water well driller is the person who is primarily responsible for tapping water deposits. This person can sometimes be referred to as an earth driller. This position is one that will work in an outdoor environment among the elements. It can be dangerous in nature, as this type of work can be done in all types of weather. Travel is often required of a water well driller, and the working hours can be held to typical daytime office hours, while some will work extended hours. This is not a position which requires formal education, as much of the training is attained on the job. However, some organizations do require certification. A water well driller will work among a team of other well drillers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Water Well Driller

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Water Well Drillers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $42K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $46K. Water Well Drillers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Water Well Driller generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $60K.

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Experience Affects Water Well Driller Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Water Well Driller Salaries

Pipe Welding
up arrow 38%

Welding
up arrow 9%

Drilling Engineering
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

CDL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 43%
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