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Working as a Drilling Supervisor

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a drilling supervisor. For example, did you know that they make an average of $66.13 an hour? That's $137,554 a year!

What Does a Drilling Supervisor Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a drilling supervisor, we found that a lot of resumes listed 17.6% of drilling supervisors included safety meetings, while 15.0% of resumes included safety procedures, and 6.3% of resumes included logistics. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

How To Become a Drilling Supervisor

If you're interested in becoming a drilling supervisor, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 27.9% of drilling supervisors have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 10.0% of drilling supervisors have master's degrees. Even though some drilling supervisors 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 supervisor. When we researched the most common majors for a drilling supervisor, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on drilling supervisor resumes include master's degree degrees or associate degree degrees.

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

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Average Salary$137,554

Drilling Supervisor Career Paths

Top Careers Before Drilling Supervisor

Driller
14.6 %

Top Careers After Drilling Supervisor

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Average Salary for a Drilling Supervisor

Drilling Supervisors in America make an average salary of $137,554 per year or $66 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $166,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $113,000 per year.
Average Salary
$137,554

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Dallas, TX
Salary Range145k - 165k$155k$155,282
Anchorage, AK
Salary Range128k - 145k$137k$136,753
$128k
$165k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Drilling Optimization Supervisor
Drilling Optimization Supervisor
Hunt Oil Company
Hunt Oil Company
04/23/2019
04/23/2019
$163,43504/23/2019
$163,435
Drilling Supervisor
Drilling Supervisor
Hess Corporation
Hess Corporation
01/10/2018
01/10/2018
$104,39501/10/2018
$104,395
Supervisor, Drilling
Supervisor, Drilling
Hess Corporation
Hess Corporation
03/14/2017
03/14/2017
$145,70003/14/2017
$145,700
Senior Drilling Supervisor
Senior Drilling Supervisor
Conocophillips Company
Conocophillips Company
09/02/2016
09/02/2016
$149,12009/02/2016
$149,120
SR. Drilling Supervisor
SR. Drilling Supervisor
Conocophillips Company
Conocophillips Company
09/10/2015
09/10/2015
$149,12009/10/2015
$149,120
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Drilling Supervisor Demographics

Gender

male

92.8 %

female

4.0 %

unknown

3.2 %

Ethnicity

White

70.9 %

Hispanic or Latino

21.0 %

Black or African American

4.7 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.0 %

Dakota

20.0 %

French

16.0 %
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Drilling Supervisor Education

Degrees

High School Diploma

38.3 %

Bachelors

27.9 %

Masters

10.0 %
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Top Skills For a Drilling Supervisor

Best States For a Drilling Supervisor

1. Illinois

Total Drilling Supervisor Jobs:
1,663
Highest 10% Earn:
$199,000
Location Quotient:
1.07
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Connecticut

Total Drilling Supervisor Jobs:
553
Highest 10% Earn:
$181,000
Location Quotient:
1.35
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Rhode Island

Total Drilling Supervisor Jobs:
132
Highest 10% Earn:
$179,000
Location Quotient:
1.15
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Drilling Supervisor Employers

1. Schlumberger
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$149,168
Drilling Supervisors Hired: 
27+
2. ConocoPhillips
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$149,168
Drilling Supervisors Hired: 
25+
3. Shell Energy North America
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$149,168
Drilling Supervisors Hired: 
23+
4. Hess
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$149,168
Drilling Supervisors Hired: 
18+
5. Baker Hughes, a GE company
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$149,168
Drilling Supervisors Hired: 
17+
6. Halliburton
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$149,168
Drilling Supervisors Hired: 
16+

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Updated October 2, 2020