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Drilling Engineer Average Salary in Iraq 2022

How much money does a Drilling Engineer make in Iraq?

Average Monthly Salary
1,880,000 IQD
( 22,600,000 IQD yearly)


A person working as a Drilling Engineer in Iraq typically earns around 1,880,000 IQD per month. Salaries range from 923,000 IQD (lowest) to 2,940,000 IQD (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 Iraq

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

  • Salary Range

    Drilling Engineer salaries in Iraq range from 923,000 IQD per month (minimum salary) to 2,940,000 IQD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,920,000 IQD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 1,920,000 IQD while the other half are earning more than 1,920,000 IQD. 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 1,280,000 IQD while 75% of them are earning more than 1,280,000 IQD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 2,480,000 IQD while 25% are earning more than 2,480,000 IQD.

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?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Iraq Drilling Engineer
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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 1,090,000 IQD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,410,000 IQD 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 1,940,000 IQD 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 2,410,000 IQD 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 2,580,000 IQD 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 2,750,000 IQD per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Drilling Engineer average salary change by experience in Iraq

0 - 2 Years
1,090,000 IQD
2 - 5 Years+29%
1,410,000 IQD
5 - 10 Years+38%
1,940,000 IQD
10 - 15 Years+24%
2,410,000 IQD
15 - 20 Years+7%
2,580,000 IQD
20+ Years+7%
2,750,000 IQD
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 1,410,000 IQD per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 1,890,000 IQD per month, 34% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 2,900,000 IQD per month, 53% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Drilling Engineer average salary difference by education level in Iraq

Certificate or Diploma
1,410,000 IQD
Bachelor's Degree+34%
1,890,000 IQD
Master's Degree+53%
2,900,000 IQD
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 Iraq costs anywhere from 10,200,000 Iraqi Dinar(s) to 30,700,000 Iraqi Dinar(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

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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 Iraq earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,980,000 IQD
1,740,000 IQD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Iraq for all Careers

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Drilling Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Iraq

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

Drilling Engineer

Drilling Engineer(s) in Iraq are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 20 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.

Iraq / 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 Iraq is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Iraq 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 Iraq

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Iraq 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.

73% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 27% 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 Iraq

10,900 IQD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Iraq is 10,900 IQD. This means that the average Drilling Engineer in Iraq earns approximately 10,900 IQD 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 Iraq
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The average salary for Drilling Engineer is 9% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer1,860,000 IQD-1%
Assembly Engineering Technician1,470,000 IQD-22%
Assistant Chief Engineer2,140,000 IQD+14%
Associate Engineer1,700,000 IQD-10%
Autocad Operator1,190,000 IQD-37%
Automation Engineer2,080,000 IQD+10%
Avionic System Support Engineer1,880,000 IQD-0%
Biochemical Engineer1,840,000 IQD-2%
BMS Engineer1,790,000 IQD-5%
Bridge and Lock Tender1,020,000 IQD-46%
Broadcast Engineer1,920,000 IQD+2%
CAD Design Engineer1,910,000 IQD+1%
CAD Designer1,160,000 IQD-38%
CAE Engineer1,850,000 IQD-2%
Ceramics Engineer1,750,000 IQD-7%
Civil Engineer1,990,000 IQD+6%
Commissioning Engineer1,890,000 IQD+0%
Communications Engineer2,120,000 IQD+13%
Condition Monitoring Engineer1,650,000 IQD-12%
Contract Associate Engineer1,870,000 IQD-1%
Control Systems Engineer1,810,000 IQD-4%
Controls Engineer1,770,000 IQD-6%
Controls Software Engineer1,630,000 IQD-13%
Corrosion Engineer1,740,000 IQD-8%
Design Engineer1,980,000 IQD+5%
Drafter1,140,000 IQD-39%
Drafting Manager2,100,000 IQD+11%
Drilling Engineer1,880,000 IQD-0%
Electrical Draughtsman979,000 IQD-48%
Electrical Engineer2,140,000 IQD+14%
Electrical Engineering Manager2,800,000 IQD+49%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist1,990,000 IQD+6%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler975,000 IQD-48%
Energy Engineer2,010,000 IQD+7%
Engine Assembler867,000 IQD-54%
Engineer2,070,000 IQD+10%
Engineering Account Manager2,060,000 IQD+9%
Engineering Chief Designer2,230,000 IQD+18%
Engineering Consultant2,630,000 IQD+40%
Engineering Key Account Manager2,830,000 IQD+50%
Engineering Lab Technician1,710,000 IQD-9%
Engineering Planning Manager2,730,000 IQD+45%
Engineering Production Manager3,460,000 IQD+84%
Engineering Project Analyst2,130,000 IQD+13%
Engineering Project Coordinator 2,140,000 IQD+14%
Engineering Project Director3,950,000 IQD+110%
Engineering Project Manager2,530,000 IQD+34%
Engineering Research and Development Manager3,110,000 IQD+65%
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,460,000 IQD-23%
Engineering Sales Manager2,530,000 IQD+34%
Engineering Technician1,400,000 IQD-26%
Engineering Technologist1,450,000 IQD-23%
Environmental Engineer1,920,000 IQD+2%
Equipment Engineer1,800,000 IQD-4%
Equipment Engineering Manager2,600,000 IQD+38%
Estimator1,580,000 IQD-16%
Fabrication Specialist1,290,000 IQD-32%
Fabricator833,000 IQD-56%
Facade Engineer1,750,000 IQD-7%
Fiber Analyst1,080,000 IQD-43%
Field Engineer2,060,000 IQD+9%
Field Engineering Manager3,350,000 IQD+78%
Fire Engineer1,990,000 IQD+6%
Fitter and Turner637,000 IQD-66%
Forestry Strategic Planner2,210,000 IQD+17%
Generation Engineer1,990,000 IQD+6%
Genetic Engineer2,040,000 IQD+8%
Geological Engineer1,970,000 IQD+5%
Geotechnical Engineer1,920,000 IQD+2%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,020,000 IQD-46%
Highway Engineer1,800,000 IQD-4%
HSE Professional1,810,000 IQD-4%
HVAC Engineer1,930,000 IQD+2%
HVAC Supervisor1,660,000 IQD-12%
Industrial Engineer1,750,000 IQD-7%
Industrial Engineering Technologist1,740,000 IQD-8%
Instrument Engineer1,870,000 IQD-1%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,920,000 IQD+2%
Instrumentation Engineer1,850,000 IQD-2%
Instrumentation Manager1,930,000 IQD+2%
Irrigation Engineer1,770,000 IQD-6%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer2,060,000 IQD+9%
Locomotive Engineer1,890,000 IQD+0%
Maintenance Engineer1,720,000 IQD-9%
Maintenance Fitter652,000 IQD-65%
Maintenance Manager1,810,000 IQD-4%
Manufacturing Engineer1,770,000 IQD-6%
Marine Engineer1,850,000 IQD-2%
Materials Engineer1,810,000 IQD-4%
Materials Researcher1,740,000 IQD-8%
Materials Technician1,440,000 IQD-24%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer2,080,000 IQD+10%
Mechanical Design Engineer1,930,000 IQD+2%
Mechanical Designer1,560,000 IQD-17%
Mechanical Engineer1,970,000 IQD+5%
Mechanical Engineering Manager2,610,000 IQD+39%
Mechanical Inspector1,800,000 IQD-4%
Mechatronics Engineer2,000,000 IQD+6%
Mining Engineer1,940,000 IQD+3%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer2,040,000 IQD+8%
Optical Engineer1,760,000 IQD-7%
Optical Instrument Assembler919,000 IQD-51%
PCB Assembler664,000 IQD-65%
Photonics Engineer2,100,000 IQD+11%
Photonics Technician1,720,000 IQD-9%
Pipeline Engineer1,750,000 IQD-7%
Piping Designer1,040,000 IQD-45%
Piping Engineer1,760,000 IQD-7%
Planning Engineer1,850,000 IQD-2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector859,000 IQD-54%
Principal Cost Engineer1,830,000 IQD-3%
Principal Engineer1,920,000 IQD+2%
Principal Support Engineer1,930,000 IQD+2%
Process Engineer1,850,000 IQD-2%
Process Operator1,080,000 IQD-43%
Product Development Engineer1,950,000 IQD+3%
Product Development Technician1,310,000 IQD-30%
Product Engineer1,960,000 IQD+4%
Product Safety Engineer1,760,000 IQD-7%
Production Engineer1,820,000 IQD-3%
Project Engineer2,000,000 IQD+6%
Proposal Manager2,350,000 IQD+25%
Purchasing Engineer1,780,000 IQD-6%
Quality Assurance Engineer1,880,000 IQD-0%
Rail Engineer1,910,000 IQD+1%
Robotics Engineer2,190,000 IQD+16%
Robotics Technician1,590,000 IQD-16%
Safety Engineer1,900,000 IQD+1%
Safety Inspector1,510,000 IQD-20%
Safety Manager2,130,000 IQD+13%
Safety Officer992,000 IQD-47%
Sales Engineer2,050,000 IQD+9%
Scheduling Engineer1,790,000 IQD-5%
Service Engineer1,990,000 IQD+6%
Solar Engineer2,050,000 IQD+9%
Staff Engineer1,960,000 IQD+4%
Static Equipment Engineer1,880,000 IQD-0%
Stationary Engineer1,710,000 IQD-9%
Stress Engineer1,740,000 IQD-8%
Structural Analysis Engineer1,840,000 IQD-2%
Structural Designer1,600,000 IQD-15%
Structural Engineer1,840,000 IQD-2%
Structural Technician1,210,000 IQD-36%
Supply Chain Specialist1,820,000 IQD-3%
Surveyor1,420,000 IQD-25%
Technical Affairs Officer934,000 IQD-50%
Technical Assistant943,000 IQD-50%
Technical Engineer1,610,000 IQD-15%
Technical Support Engineer1,650,000 IQD-12%
Tender Engineer1,620,000 IQD-14%
Test Development Engineer1,830,000 IQD-3%
Transportation Engineer1,810,000 IQD-4%
Validation Engineer1,680,000 IQD-11%
Verification Engineer1,790,000 IQD-5%
Wastewater Engineer1,890,000 IQD+0%
Wind Energy Engineer2,000,000 IQD+6%
Wind Energy Operations Manager2,620,000 IQD+39%
Work Planner1,310,000 IQD-30%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Al-Basrah1,990,000 IQD
Al-Mawsil1,660,000 IQD
An-Najaf1,940,000 IQD
Baghdad2,000,000 IQD
Irbil1,890,000 IQD
Kirkuk1,690,000 IQD

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 Iraq earn 15% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,920,000 IQD
Public Sector+15%
2,200,000 IQD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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