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Drilling Engineer Average Salary in Afghanistan 2022

How much money does a Drilling Engineer make in Afghanistan?

Average Monthly Salary
70,600 AFN
( 847,000 AFN yearly)


A person working as a Drilling Engineer in Afghanistan typically earns around 70,600 AFN per month. Salaries range from 34,600 AFN (lowest) to 110,000 AFN (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Drilling Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Drilling Engineer Salary Distribution in Afghanistan

Median and salary distribution monthly Afghanistan Drilling Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Drilling Engineer salaries in Afghanistan range from 34,600 AFN per month (minimum salary) to 110,000 AFN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 72,000 AFN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 72,000 AFN while the other half are earning more than 72,000 AFN. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 48,000 AFN while 75% of them are earning more than 48,000 AFN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 92,900 AFN while 25% are earning more than 92,900 AFN.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Drilling Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Drilling Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Drilling Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 41,000 AFN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 52,700 AFN per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 72,700 AFN per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Drilling Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 90,100 AFN per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 96,500 AFN per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 103,000 AFN per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Drilling Engineer average salary change by experience in Afghanistan

0 - 2 Years
41,000 AFN
2 - 5 Years+29%
52,700 AFN
5 - 10 Years+38%
72,700 AFN
10 - 15 Years+24%
90,100 AFN
15 - 20 Years+7%
96,500 AFN
20+ Years+7%
103,000 AFN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Drilling Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Drilling Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Drilling Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Drilling Engineer is 52,700 AFN per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 70,900 AFN per month, 34% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 109,000 AFN per month, 53% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Drilling Engineer average salary difference by education level in Afghanistan

Certificate or Diploma
52,700 AFN
Bachelor's Degree+34%
70,900 AFN
Master's Degree+53%
109,000 AFN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Afghanistan costs anywhere from 389,000 Afghani(s) to 1,170,000 Afghani(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Drilling Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Afghanistan Drilling Engineer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Drilling Engineer employees in Afghanistan earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

74,100 AFN
65,000 AFN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Afghanistan for all Careers

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Drilling Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Afghanistan

How much are annual salary increments in Afghanistan for Drilling Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Drilling Engineer

Drilling Engineer(s) in Afghanistan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Afghanistan / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Afghanistan is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Afghanistan for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Drilling Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Afghanistan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Afghanistan Drilling Engineer
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A Drilling Engineer is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

87% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 13% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Drilling Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Afghanistan

410 AFN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Afghanistan is 410 AFN. This means that the average Drilling Engineer in Afghanistan earns approximately 410 AFN for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Drilling Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Drilling Engineer and Engineering monthly Afghanistan
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The average salary for Drilling Engineer is 7% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

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Autocad Operator45,200 AFN-36%
Automation Engineer77,600 AFN+10%
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Biochemical Engineer65,700 AFN-7%
BMS Engineer69,600 AFN-1%
Bridge and Lock Tender38,900 AFN-45%
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CAD Design Engineer71,300 AFN+1%
CAD Designer43,300 AFN-39%
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Ceramics Engineer66,100 AFN-6%
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Commissioning Engineer73,100 AFN+4%
Communications Engineer81,500 AFN+15%
Condition Monitoring Engineer62,400 AFN-12%
Contract Associate Engineer66,900 AFN-5%
Control Systems Engineer70,100 AFN-1%
Controls Engineer69,500 AFN-2%
Controls Software Engineer62,900 AFN-11%
Corrosion Engineer66,000 AFN-7%
Design Engineer74,200 AFN+5%
Drafter46,000 AFN-35%
Drafting Manager84,600 AFN+20%
Drilling Engineer70,600 AFN-0%
Electrical Draughtsman38,000 AFN-46%
Electrical Engineer79,900 AFN+13%
Electrical Engineering Manager105,000 AFN+49%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist74,300 AFN+5%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler36,300 AFN-49%
Energy Engineer78,300 AFN+11%
Engine Assembler31,400 AFN-56%
Engineer77,000 AFN+9%
Engineering Account Manager78,300 AFN+11%
Engineering Chief Designer82,800 AFN+17%
Engineering Consultant95,100 AFN+35%
Engineering Key Account Manager108,000 AFN+53%
Engineering Lab Technician64,900 AFN-8%
Engineering Planning Manager98,300 AFN+39%
Engineering Production Manager125,000 AFN+77%
Engineering Project Analyst80,300 AFN+14%
Engineering Project Coordinator 80,000 AFN+13%
Engineering Project Director143,000 AFN+100%
Engineering Project Manager103,000 AFN+46%
Engineering Research and Development Manager113,000 AFN+60%
Engineering Safety Coordinator55,900 AFN-21%
Engineering Sales Manager101,000 AFN+43%
Engineering Technician57,000 AFN-19%
Engineering Technologist53,900 AFN-24%
Environmental Engineer71,500 AFN+1%
Equipment Engineer66,600 AFN-6%
Equipment Engineering Manager96,300 AFN+36%
Estimator61,500 AFN-13%
Fabrication Specialist50,500 AFN-28%
Fabricator32,500 AFN-54%
Facade Engineer66,600 AFN-6%
Fiber Analyst41,400 AFN-41%
Field Engineer76,000 AFN+8%
Field Engineering Manager124,000 AFN+76%
Fire Engineer73,600 AFN+4%
Fitter and Turner23,500 AFN-67%
Forestry Strategic Planner86,900 AFN+23%
Generation Engineer76,400 AFN+8%
Genetic Engineer76,100 AFN+8%
Geological Engineer77,000 AFN+9%
Geotechnical Engineer78,000 AFN+10%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic37,200 AFN-47%
Highway Engineer73,200 AFN+4%
HSE Professional69,900 AFN-1%
HVAC Engineer78,200 AFN+11%
HVAC Supervisor62,700 AFN-11%
Industrial Engineer70,800 AFN+0%
Industrial Engineering Technologist68,400 AFN-3%
Instrument Engineer71,300 AFN+1%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer69,500 AFN-2%
Instrumentation Engineer71,000 AFN+1%
Instrumentation Manager69,600 AFN-1%
Irrigation Engineer71,500 AFN+1%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer75,200 AFN+7%
Locomotive Engineer72,600 AFN+3%
Maintenance Engineer69,100 AFN-2%
Maintenance Fitter25,300 AFN-64%
Maintenance Manager70,900 AFN+0%
Manufacturing Engineer71,000 AFN+1%
Marine Engineer74,200 AFN+5%
Materials Engineer72,400 AFN+3%
Materials Researcher64,500 AFN-9%
Materials Technician53,200 AFN-25%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer80,500 AFN+14%
Mechanical Design Engineer75,600 AFN+7%
Mechanical Designer61,300 AFN-13%
Mechanical Engineer78,700 AFN+11%
Mechanical Engineering Manager104,000 AFN+47%
Mechanical Inspector66,900 AFN-5%
Mechatronics Engineer74,000 AFN+5%
Mining Engineer70,100 AFN-1%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer80,800 AFN+14%
Optical Engineer71,300 AFN+1%
Optical Instrument Assembler37,200 AFN-47%
PCB Assembler25,000 AFN-65%
Photonics Engineer82,100 AFN+16%
Photonics Technician67,000 AFN-5%
Pipeline Engineer63,900 AFN-9%
Piping Designer37,900 AFN-46%
Piping Engineer64,000 AFN-9%
Planning Engineer72,200 AFN+2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector32,500 AFN-54%
Principal Cost Engineer74,300 AFN+5%
Principal Engineer73,100 AFN+4%
Principal Support Engineer73,200 AFN+4%
Process Engineer73,400 AFN+4%
Process Operator43,500 AFN-38%
Product Development Engineer77,200 AFN+9%
Product Development Technician53,300 AFN-25%
Product Engineer77,300 AFN+9%
Product Safety Engineer65,600 AFN-7%
Production Engineer71,000 AFN+1%
Project Engineer78,600 AFN+11%
Proposal Manager92,000 AFN+30%
Purchasing Engineer69,000 AFN-2%
Quality Assurance Engineer73,700 AFN+4%
Rail Engineer75,000 AFN+6%
Robotics Engineer82,200 AFN+16%
Robotics Technician59,600 AFN-16%
Safety Engineer74,500 AFN+6%
Safety Inspector58,400 AFN-17%
Safety Manager81,100 AFN+15%
Safety Officer37,800 AFN-46%
Sales Engineer74,700 AFN+6%
Scheduling Engineer68,800 AFN-3%
Service Engineer73,000 AFN+3%
Solar Engineer78,000 AFN+10%
Staff Engineer72,300 AFN+2%
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Stationary Engineer67,300 AFN-5%
Stress Engineer68,900 AFN-2%
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Technical Assistant36,300 AFN-49%
Technical Engineer59,800 AFN-15%
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Test Development Engineer72,600 AFN+3%
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Verification Engineer65,900 AFN-7%
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Wind Energy Operations Manager93,800 AFN+33%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Herat69,000 AFN
Jalalabad68,900 AFN
Kabul75,700 AFN
Kandahar77,200 AFN
Kunduz64,300 AFN
Mazari Sharif65,600 AFN

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Afghanistan earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
73,200 AFN
Public Sector+11%
81,000 AFN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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