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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a drilling superintendent. For example, did you know that they make an average of $81.07 an hour? That's $168,623 a year!

What Does a Drilling Superintendent Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a drilling superintendent, we found that a lot of resumes listed 16.4% of drilling superintendents included safety meetings, while 11.7% of resumes included site supervisors, and 7.9% of resumes included procedures. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the drilling superintendent job title. But what industry to start with? Most drilling superintendents actually find jobs in the energy and construction industries.

How To Become a Drilling Superintendent

If you're interested in becoming a drilling superintendent, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 29.7% of drilling superintendents have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 3.3% of drilling superintendents have master's degrees. Even though some drilling superintendents have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a drilling superintendent. When we researched the most common majors for a drilling superintendent, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on drilling superintendent resumes include associate degree degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a drilling superintendent. In fact, many drilling superintendent jobs require experience in a role such as rig manager. Meanwhile, many drilling superintendents also have previous career experience in roles such as driller or drilling supervisor.

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Average Salary
$168,623
Average Salary
Job Openings
3,400
Job Openings

Drilling Superintendent Career Paths

Top Careers Before Drilling Superintendent

Driller
12.8 %

Top Careers After Drilling Superintendent

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Average Salary for a Drilling Superintendent

Drilling Superintendents in America make an average salary of $168,623 per year or $81 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $236,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $120,000 per year.
Average Salary
$168,623

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyascdescCompanyascdescStart DateascdescSalaryascdesc
Drill and Blast Superintendent
Drill and Blast Superintendent
Haile Gold Mine, Inc.
Haile Gold Mine, Inc.
03/02/2016
03/02/2016
$103,48003/02/2016
$103,480
Drilling Superintendent
Drilling Superintendent
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
03/04/2015
03/04/2015
$160,00003/04/2015
$160,000
Drilling Superintendent
Drilling Superintendent
Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation
10/13/2014
10/13/2014
$210,00010/13/2014
$210,000
Drilling Superintendent
Drilling Superintendent
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
03/03/2014
03/03/2014
$160,00003/03/2014
$160,000
Senior Drilling Superintendent
Senior Drilling Superintendent
New Prospect Company
New Prospect Company
03/21/2013
03/21/2013
$175,20003/21/2013
$175,200

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Drilling Superintendent Demographics

Gender

male

93.0 %

unknown

4.5 %

female

2.5 %

Ethnicity

White

70.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

21.0 %

Black or African American

5.0 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Dakota

50.0 %

Spanish

50.0 %
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Drilling Superintendent Education

Majors

Degrees

Certificate

34.4 %

Bachelors

30.6 %

High School Diploma

21.7 %
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Top Drilling Superintendent Employers

1. Patterson-UTI
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$97,203
Drilling Superintendents Hired: 
29+
2. Exxon Mobil
5.0
Avg. Salary: 
$148,601
Drilling Superintendents Hired: 
11+
3. Chesapeake Energy
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$146,933
Drilling Superintendents Hired: 
8+
4. EXCO Resources
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$155,487
Drilling Superintendents Hired: 
6+
5. EOG Resources
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$147,822
Drilling Superintendents Hired: 
5+
6. Petrohawk Energy
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$132,611
Drilling Superintendents Hired: 
4+
Updated October 2, 2020