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Drilling Engineer Average Salary in Australia 2021

How much money does a Drilling Engineer make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
81,000 AUD
( 6,750 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Drilling Engineer in Australia typically earns around 81,000 AUD per year. Salaries range from 39,700 AUD (lowest) to 126,000 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly 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 Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Drilling Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Drilling Engineer salaries in Australia range from 39,700 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 126,000 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 82,600 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 82,600 AUD while the other half are earning more than 82,600 AUD. 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 55,000 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 55,000 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 107,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 107,000 AUD.

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 47,100 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 60,500 AUD per year, 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 83,500 AUD per year, 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 103,000 AUD per year, 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 111,000 AUD per year, 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 118,000 AUD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Drilling Engineer average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
47,100 AUD
2 - 5 Years+29%
60,500 AUD
5 - 10 Years+38%
83,500 AUD
10 - 15 Years+24%
103,000 AUD
15 - 20 Years+7%
111,000 AUD
20+ Years+7%
118,000 AUD
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.

Salary comparison by education level yearly Australia Drilling Engineer
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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 60,500 AUD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 81,300 AUD per year, 34% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 125,000 AUD per year, 53% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Drilling Engineer average salary difference by education level in Australia

Certificate or Diploma
60,500 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+34%
81,300 AUD
Master's Degree+53%
125,000 AUD
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 Australia costs anywhere from 37,800 Australian Dollar(s) to 114,000 Australian 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

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia 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 Australia earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

83,000 AUD
78,800 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Drilling Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

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

Drilling Engineer

Drilling Engineer(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 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.

Australia / 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 Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2020. 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 Australia

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

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% 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 Australia

39 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 39 AUD. This means that the average Drilling Engineer in Australia earns approximately 39 AUD 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 yearly Australia
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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.

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Assembly Engineering Technician66,300 AUD-18%
Assistant Chief Engineer88,200 AUD+9%
Associate Engineer75,300 AUD-7%
Autocad Operator53,900 AUD-33%
Automation Engineer89,300 AUD+10%
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Biochemical Engineer73,600 AUD-9%
BMS Engineer77,700 AUD-4%
Bridge and Lock Tender43,700 AUD-46%
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CAD Design Engineer83,900 AUD+4%
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CAE Engineer85,100 AUD+5%
Ceramics Engineer73,100 AUD-10%
Civil Engineer83,700 AUD+3%
Commissioning Engineer77,400 AUD-4%
Communications Engineer88,500 AUD+9%
Condition Monitoring Engineer68,100 AUD-16%
Contract Associate Engineer74,900 AUD-8%
Control Systems Engineer81,100 AUD+0%
Controls Engineer80,700 AUD-0%
Controls Software Engineer73,600 AUD-9%
Corrosion Engineer78,700 AUD-3%
Design Engineer84,100 AUD+4%
Drafter49,800 AUD-39%
Drafting Manager92,800 AUD+15%
Drilling Engineer81,000 AUD-0%
Electrical Draughtsman42,900 AUD-47%
Electrical Engineer92,800 AUD+15%
Electrical Engineering Manager123,000 AUD+52%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist87,300 AUD+8%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler43,200 AUD-47%
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Engine Assembler35,800 AUD-56%
Engineer91,500 AUD+13%
Engineering Account Manager92,400 AUD+14%
Engineering Chief Designer92,300 AUD+14%
Engineering Consultant111,000 AUD+37%
Engineering Key Account Manager121,000 AUD+49%
Engineering Lab Technician76,700 AUD-5%
Engineering Planning Manager117,000 AUD+44%
Engineering Production Manager147,000 AUD+81%
Engineering Project Analyst98,300 AUD+21%
Engineering Project Coordinator 93,000 AUD+15%
Engineering Project Director166,000 AUD+100%
Engineering Project Manager120,000 AUD+48%
Engineering Research and Development Manager128,000 AUD+58%
Engineering Safety Coordinator62,900 AUD-22%
Engineering Sales Manager117,000 AUD+44%
Engineering Technician66,700 AUD-18%
Engineering Technologist64,900 AUD-20%
Environmental Engineer77,800 AUD-4%
Equipment Engineer73,400 AUD-9%
Equipment Engineering Manager107,000 AUD+32%
Estimator69,400 AUD-14%
Fabrication Specialist60,800 AUD-25%
Fabricator39,600 AUD-51%
Facade Engineer77,700 AUD-4%
Fiber Analyst47,100 AUD-42%
Field Engineer85,900 AUD+6%
Field Engineering Manager141,000 AUD+74%
Fire Engineer83,100 AUD+3%
Fitter and Turner26,900 AUD-67%
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Generation Engineer84,000 AUD+4%
Genetic Engineer90,600 AUD+12%
Geological Engineer82,900 AUD+2%
Geotechnical Engineer90,300 AUD+11%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic44,100 AUD-46%
Highway Engineer85,600 AUD+6%
HSE Professional74,000 AUD-9%
HVAC Engineer92,600 AUD+14%
HVAC Supervisor74,900 AUD-8%
Industrial Engineer76,800 AUD-5%
Industrial Engineering Technologist80,400 AUD-1%
Instrument Engineer82,100 AUD+1%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer80,000 AUD-1%
Instrumentation Engineer86,000 AUD+6%
Instrumentation Manager82,200 AUD+1%
Irrigation Engineer78,500 AUD-3%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer92,300 AUD+14%
Locomotive Engineer78,800 AUD-3%
Maintenance Engineer76,800 AUD-5%
Maintenance Fitter28,600 AUD-65%
Maintenance Manager84,300 AUD+4%
Manufacturing Engineer79,900 AUD-1%
Marine Engineer84,500 AUD+4%
Materials Engineer83,400 AUD+3%
Materials Researcher77,600 AUD-4%
Materials Technician60,000 AUD-26%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer92,000 AUD+14%
Mechanical Design Engineer88,800 AUD+10%
Mechanical Designer72,900 AUD-10%
Mechanical Engineer91,800 AUD+13%
Mechanical Engineering Manager111,000 AUD+37%
Mechanical Inspector81,500 AUD+1%
Mechatronics Engineer91,200 AUD+13%
Mining Engineer80,700 AUD-0%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer88,400 AUD+9%
Optical Engineer83,400 AUD+3%
Optical Instrument Assembler44,100 AUD-46%
PCB Assembler30,600 AUD-62%
Photonics Engineer89,500 AUD+10%
Photonics Technician73,900 AUD-9%
Pipeline Engineer77,500 AUD-4%
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Piping Engineer79,500 AUD-2%
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Pressure Vessel Inspector38,900 AUD-52%
Principal Cost Engineer86,000 AUD+6%
Principal Engineer84,200 AUD+4%
Principal Support Engineer85,300 AUD+5%
Process Engineer81,300 AUD+0%
Process Operator47,200 AUD-42%
Product Development Engineer86,600 AUD+7%
Product Development Technician61,600 AUD-24%
Product Engineer87,700 AUD+8%
Product Safety Engineer78,000 AUD-4%
Production Engineer86,400 AUD+7%
Project Engineer90,200 AUD+11%
Proposal Manager111,000 AUD+37%
Purchasing Engineer78,000 AUD-4%
Quality Assurance Engineer85,500 AUD+6%
Rail Engineer79,700 AUD-2%
Robotics Engineer93,200 AUD+15%
Robotics Technician68,300 AUD-16%
Safety Engineer80,100 AUD-1%
Safety Inspector61,900 AUD-24%
Safety Manager94,600 AUD+17%
Safety Officer43,500 AUD-46%
Sales Engineer92,700 AUD+14%
Scheduling Engineer75,600 AUD-7%
Service Engineer84,500 AUD+4%
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Staff Engineer81,700 AUD+1%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide84,600 AUD
Brisbane86,600 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan79,200 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed79,600 AUD
Gosford70,900 AUD
Melbourne83,100 AUD
Newcastle80,900 AUD
Perth81,400 AUD
Sunshine Coast77,200 AUD
Sydney88,400 AUD
Wollongong71,300 AUD

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 Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
88,600 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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