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Drilling Engineer Average Salary in Jamaica 2022

How much money does a Drilling Engineer make in Jamaica?

Average Monthly Salary
86,100 JMD
( 1,030,000 JMD yearly)


A person working as a Drilling Engineer in Jamaica typically earns around 86,100 JMD per month. Salaries range from 42,200 JMD (lowest) to 134,000 JMD (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 Jamaica

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Drilling Engineer salaries in Jamaica range from 42,200 JMD per month (minimum salary) to 134,000 JMD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 87,800 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 87,800 JMD while the other half are earning more than 87,800 JMD. 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 58,500 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 58,500 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 113,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 113,000 JMD.

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 50,000 JMD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 64,300 JMD 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 88,700 JMD 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 110,000 JMD 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 118,000 JMD 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 126,000 JMD per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Drilling Engineer average salary change by experience in Jamaica

0 - 2 Years
50,000 JMD
2 - 5 Years+29%
64,300 JMD
5 - 10 Years+38%
88,700 JMD
10 - 15 Years+24%
110,000 JMD
15 - 20 Years+7%
118,000 JMD
20+ Years+7%
126,000 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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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 64,300 JMD per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 86,400 JMD per month, 34% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 132,000 JMD per month, 53% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Drilling Engineer average salary difference by education level in Jamaica

Certificate or Diploma
64,300 JMD
Bachelor's Degree+34%
86,400 JMD
Master's Degree+53%
132,000 JMD
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 Jamaica costs anywhere from 482,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) to 1,450,000 Jamaican Dollar(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 Jamaica earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

88,500 JMD
83,100 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Jamaica for all Careers

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Drilling Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Jamaica

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

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Drilling Engineer(s) in Jamaica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 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.

Jamaica / 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 Jamaica is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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

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

500 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 500 JMD. This means that the average Drilling Engineer in Jamaica earns approximately 500 JMD 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 Jamaica
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The average salary for Drilling Engineer is 6% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

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Assembly Engineering Technician66,100 JMD-23%
Assistant Chief Engineer96,400 JMD+12%
Associate Engineer76,000 JMD-12%
Autocad Operator53,700 JMD-38%
Automation Engineer91,700 JMD+7%
Avionic System Support Engineer87,900 JMD+2%
Biochemical Engineer85,500 JMD-1%
BMS Engineer81,200 JMD-6%
Bridge and Lock Tender49,800 JMD-42%
Broadcast Engineer88,200 JMD+2%
CAD Design Engineer92,400 JMD+7%
CAD Designer56,400 JMD-34%
CAE Engineer90,500 JMD+5%
Ceramics Engineer79,400 JMD-8%
Civil Engineer90,200 JMD+5%
Commissioning Engineer86,900 JMD+1%
Communications Engineer97,900 JMD+14%
Condition Monitoring Engineer74,500 JMD-13%
Contract Associate Engineer87,000 JMD+1%
Control Systems Engineer87,200 JMD+1%
Controls Engineer83,000 JMD-4%
Controls Software Engineer78,600 JMD-9%
Corrosion Engineer78,400 JMD-9%
Design Engineer90,000 JMD+5%
Drafter53,800 JMD-37%
Drafting Manager99,600 JMD+16%
Drilling Engineer86,100 JMD+0%
Electrical Draughtsman44,600 JMD-48%
Electrical Engineer97,900 JMD+14%
Electrical Engineering Manager129,000 JMD+50%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist96,200 JMD+12%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler47,200 JMD-45%
Energy Engineer90,400 JMD+5%
Engine Assembler39,500 JMD-54%
Engineer95,300 JMD+11%
Engineering Account Manager97,400 JMD+13%
Engineering Chief Designer104,000 JMD+21%
Engineering Consultant121,000 JMD+41%
Engineering Key Account Manager132,000 JMD+53%
Engineering Lab Technician80,800 JMD-6%
Engineering Planning Manager126,000 JMD+46%
Engineering Production Manager159,000 JMD+85%
Engineering Project Analyst101,000 JMD+17%
Engineering Project Coordinator 103,000 JMD+20%
Engineering Project Director181,000 JMD+110%
Engineering Project Manager119,000 JMD+38%
Engineering Research and Development Manager142,000 JMD+65%
Engineering Safety Coordinator71,600 JMD-17%
Engineering Sales Manager122,000 JMD+42%
Engineering Technician66,100 JMD-23%
Engineering Technologist70,500 JMD-18%
Environmental Engineer88,900 JMD+3%
Equipment Engineer83,300 JMD-3%
Equipment Engineering Manager121,000 JMD+41%
Estimator75,700 JMD-12%
Fabrication Specialist61,200 JMD-29%
Fabricator39,600 JMD-54%
Facade Engineer82,500 JMD-4%
Fiber Analyst53,200 JMD-38%
Field Engineer95,900 JMD+11%
Field Engineering Manager157,000 JMD+82%
Fire Engineer92,800 JMD+8%
Fitter and Turner29,800 JMD-65%
Forestry Strategic Planner98,700 JMD+15%
Generation Engineer92,300 JMD+7%
Genetic Engineer99,100 JMD+15%
Geological Engineer88,400 JMD+3%
Geotechnical Engineer90,000 JMD+5%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic45,500 JMD-47%
Highway Engineer84,800 JMD-1%
HSE Professional83,200 JMD-3%
HVAC Engineer91,100 JMD+6%
HVAC Supervisor78,400 JMD-9%
Industrial Engineer82,900 JMD-4%
Industrial Engineering Technologist82,100 JMD-5%
Instrument Engineer83,400 JMD-3%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer87,800 JMD+2%
Instrumentation Engineer90,000 JMD+5%
Instrumentation Manager88,800 JMD+3%
Irrigation Engineer84,200 JMD-2%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer93,500 JMD+9%
Locomotive Engineer87,200 JMD+1%
Maintenance Engineer81,800 JMD-5%
Maintenance Fitter31,200 JMD-64%
Maintenance Manager85,500 JMD-1%
Manufacturing Engineer84,500 JMD-2%
Marine Engineer88,700 JMD+3%
Materials Engineer87,000 JMD+1%
Materials Researcher84,300 JMD-2%
Materials Technician67,100 JMD-22%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer94,900 JMD+10%
Mechanical Design Engineer90,700 JMD+5%
Mechanical Designer73,900 JMD-14%
Mechanical Engineer95,100 JMD+10%
Mechanical Engineering Manager126,000 JMD+46%
Mechanical Inspector87,900 JMD+2%
Mechatronics Engineer97,700 JMD+14%
Mining Engineer88,500 JMD+3%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer99,100 JMD+15%
Optical Engineer82,600 JMD-4%
Optical Instrument Assembler43,400 JMD-50%
PCB Assembler31,600 JMD-63%
Photonics Engineer94,800 JMD+10%
Photonics Technician77,800 JMD-10%
Pipeline Engineer79,100 JMD-8%
Piping Designer47,100 JMD-45%
Piping Engineer80,000 JMD-7%
Planning Engineer88,000 JMD+2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector40,700 JMD-53%
Principal Cost Engineer85,700 JMD-0%
Principal Engineer85,500 JMD-1%
Principal Support Engineer86,000 JMD-0%
Process Engineer90,400 JMD+5%
Process Operator50,900 JMD-41%
Product Development Engineer95,600 JMD+11%
Product Development Technician61,400 JMD-29%
Product Engineer96,100 JMD+12%
Product Safety Engineer85,300 JMD-1%
Production Engineer86,600 JMD+1%
Project Engineer98,300 JMD+14%
Proposal Manager112,000 JMD+30%
Purchasing Engineer80,900 JMD-6%
Quality Assurance Engineer83,700 JMD-3%
Rail Engineer85,700 JMD-0%
Robotics Engineer99,700 JMD+16%
Robotics Technician72,600 JMD-16%
Safety Engineer85,500 JMD-1%
Safety Inspector69,600 JMD-19%
Safety Manager100,000 JMD+16%
Safety Officer44,200 JMD-49%
Sales Engineer93,400 JMD+9%
Scheduling Engineer83,100 JMD-3%
Service Engineer88,500 JMD+3%
Solar Engineer91,200 JMD+6%
Staff Engineer91,300 JMD+6%
Static Equipment Engineer86,100 JMD+0%
Stationary Engineer84,100 JMD-2%
Stress Engineer84,500 JMD-2%
Structural Analysis Engineer89,600 JMD+4%
Structural Designer76,000 JMD-12%
Structural Engineer90,100 JMD+5%
Structural Technician59,400 JMD-31%
Supply Chain Specialist87,900 JMD+2%
Surveyor69,800 JMD-19%
Technical Affairs Officer44,800 JMD-48%
Technical Assistant45,600 JMD-47%
Technical Engineer78,600 JMD-9%
Technical Support Engineer74,500 JMD-13%
Tender Engineer76,200 JMD-11%
Test Development Engineer88,600 JMD+3%
Transportation Engineer81,600 JMD-5%
Validation Engineer82,200 JMD-5%
Verification Engineer87,900 JMD+2%
Wastewater Engineer86,000 JMD-0%
Wind Energy Engineer92,700 JMD+8%
Wind Energy Operations Manager122,000 JMD+42%
Work Planner63,700 JMD-26%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston90,700 JMD

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 Jamaica earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
93,500 JMD
Public Sector+10%
103,000 JMD
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