Water Well Driller Salary

Men make up the majority of Water Well Drillers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.54 per hour. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a majority, and just under a fifth earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,435 - $103,841
(Median)
$34K
$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $61,445
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50%
90%

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$12.59 - $24.70
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,435 - $103,841  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$28,992 - $81,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.59 - $24.70  
   
Overtime
$17.81 - $34.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,500  
   
Commission
$6,000  
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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$28,992 - $81,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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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Survey takers who work as Water Well Drillers typically report just a few professional skills. CDL and Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Welding and CDL.

Pay by Experience Level for Water Well Driller

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


For Water Well Drillers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. During the first five years of their careers, Water Well Drillers see a median income of $40K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. As Water Well Drillers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $60K.

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Experience Affects Water Well Driller Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$45,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Water Well Driller Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Welding
up arrow 8%

CDL
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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