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How Much Does a Drilling Engineer Earn In The United States?

Drilling Engineer Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$110,000
$73,000
$110,000
$165,000
Drilling engineers in the United States make an average salary of $110,085 per year or $52.93 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $73,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $165,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Rhode Island, Oregon, New Hampshire, Delaware, and Nevada provide the highest drilling engineer salaries.
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Where Drilling Engineers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where drilling engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Drilling Engineers Earn In Different Cities?

While a drilling engineer can average a salary of $110,085 per year, or $52.93 per hour, there are many opportunities for drilling engineers to make more. For example, in Reno, NV you might make $135,298 per year. Other high-paying locations include Anchorage, AK, Midland, TX and San Jose, CA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Reno, NV where the average starting salary is $78,000. The highest paying states for drilling engineers include Rhode Island, Oregon and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, North Carolina, Alabama, and Utah offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. Reno, NV
$135,298
Avg. Salary
$56k
$180k
2. Anchorage, AK
$118,267
Avg. Salary
$56k
$180k
3. Midland, TX
$108,527
Avg. Salary
$56k
$180k
4. San Jose, CA
$108,020
Avg. Salary
$56k
$180k
5. Farmington, NM
$103,518
Avg. Salary
$56k
$180k
6. Grand Junction, CO
$101,467
Avg. Salary
$56k
$180k

High Paying Drilling Engineer Jobs

Which Companies Pay Drilling Engineers The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like BP America and BHP BILLITON as they offer the highest salaries for drilling engineers.
Company
Avg. Salary
$89k
$199k
Avg. Salary
$89k
$199k
Avg. Salary
$89k
$199k
Avg. Salary
$89k
$199k
Avg. Salary
$89k
$199k

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Drilling Engineer Salary History

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    Recently Added Drilling Engineer Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Engineer Advisor, Drilling
    Engineer Advisor, Drilling
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    06/28/2019
    06/28/2019
    $180,600
    $180,600
    06/28/2019
    Engineer Advisor Drilling
    Engineer Advisor Drilling
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    04/22/2019
    04/22/2019
    $180,600
    $180,600
    04/22/2019
    Principal Drilling Engineer I
    Principal Drilling Engineer I
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    03/13/2019
    03/13/2019
    $177,112
    $177,112
    03/13/2019
    Drilling Solutions Engineer II-Drill Bit Specialist
    Drilling Solutions Engineer II-Drill Bit Specialist
    Moore, OK
    Moore, OK
    03/12/2019
    03/12/2019
    $85,000
    $85,000
    03/12/2019
    Drilling Solutions Engineer II-Drill Bit Specialist
    Drilling Solutions Engineer II-Drill Bit Specialist
    Moore, OK
    Moore, OK
    03/12/2019
    03/12/2019
    $100,980
    $100,980
    03/12/2019
    Engineer Advisor Drilling
    Engineer Advisor Drilling
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    03/11/2019
    03/11/2019
    $180,600
    $180,600
    03/11/2019
    Geomechanical Drilling Engineer
    Geomechanical Drilling Engineer
    The Woodlands, TX
    The Woodlands, TX
    02/06/2019
    02/06/2019
    $135,000
    $135,000
    02/06/2019
    Drilling Engineer Supervisor
    Drilling Engineer Supervisor
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    12/20/2018
    12/20/2018
    $172,800
    $172,800
    12/20/2018
    Drill and Blast Engineer
    Drill and Blast Engineer
    Fairbanks, AK
    Fairbanks, AK
    12/13/2018
    12/13/2018
    $97,427
    $97,427
    12/13/2018
    Lukoil International Upstream West Inc.
    Lukoil International Upstream West Inc.
    Senior Drilling Engineer
    Senior Drilling Engineer
    Senior Drilling Engineer
    Houston, TX
    Houston, TX
    11/16/2018
    11/16/2018
    $228,672
    $228,672
    11/16/2018