Average Drilling Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Drilling Engineer is $121,733.
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$61k - $208k

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Job Description for Drilling Engineer

Drilling Engineer Tasks
  • Develop strategies to achieve well construction and data gathering objectives.
  • Document results, problems and causes and improvement suggestions throughout the implementation.
  • Support field supervisors throughout the implementation and assist on-site as needed.
  • Develop cost estimates and risks versus rewards analysis.

Job Satisfaction for Drilling Engineer

3.6 out of 5
Highly Satisfied

Popular Employer Salaries for Drilling Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Drilling Engineer are from the companies Chevron Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation and Schlumberger. Reported salaries are highest at Ormat where the average pay is $140,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include ExxonMobil Corporation, earning around $139,000. Schlumberger pays the lowest at around $115,725. Chevron Corporation also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $122,089.

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Popular Skills for Drilling Engineer

Skills in Drilling Engineering, Operations Management, Project Management and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Drilling Engineer

An entry-level Drilling Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $97,353 based on 16 salaries. An early career Drilling Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $112,038 based on 67 salaries. A mid-career Drilling Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $123,211 based on 78 salaries. An experienced Drilling Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $148,209 based on 69 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $151,719.
Employees with Drilling Engineer in their job title in Dallas, Texas earn an average of 15.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Denver, Colorado (6.7% more) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (3.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Texas City, Texas (47.0% less), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (11.7% less) and Midland, Texas (6.8% less).

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