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Drilling Engineer Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2021

How much money does a Drilling Engineer make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
17,300 AED
( 208,000 AED yearly)


A person working as a Drilling Engineer in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 17,300 AED per month. Salaries range from 9,000 AED (lowest) to 26,500 AED (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 United Arab Emirates

Median and salary distribution monthly United Arab Emirates Drilling Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Drilling Engineer salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 9,000 AED per month (minimum salary) to 26,500 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 16,600 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 16,600 AED while the other half are earning more than 16,600 AED. 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 11,500 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 11,500 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 20,700 AED while 25% are earning more than 20,700 AED.

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 United Arab Emirates 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 10,200 AED per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 13,700 AED per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 17,800 AED per month, 30% 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 21,600 AED per month, 21% 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 23,600 AED per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 24,800 AED per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Drilling Engineer average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
10,200 AED
2 - 5 Years+34%
13,700 AED
5 - 10 Years+30%
17,800 AED
10 - 15 Years+21%
21,600 AED
15 - 20 Years+9%
23,600 AED
20+ Years+5%
24,800 AED
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 12,100 AED per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 18,400 AED per month, 52% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 26,100 AED per month, 42% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Drilling Engineer average salary difference by education level in United Arab Emirates

Certificate or Diploma
12,100 AED
Bachelor's Degree+52%
18,400 AED
Master's Degree+42%
26,100 AED
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 United Arab Emirates costs anywhere from 97,900 UAE Dirham(s) to 294,000 UAE Dirham(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

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Drilling Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

17,900 AED
16,800 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Arab Emirates for all Careers

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Drilling Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

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

Drilling Engineer

Drilling Engineer(s) in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Arab Emirates Drilling Engineer
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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.

United Arab Emirates / 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 United Arab Emirates is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Arab Emirates 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.

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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 United Arab Emirates

100 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 100 AED. This means that the average Drilling Engineer in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 100 AED 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 United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Drilling Engineer is 5% 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 Technician13,100 AED-24%
Assistant Chief Engineer19,800 AED+14%
Associate Engineer16,100 AED-7%
Autocad Operator10,500 AED-39%
Automation Engineer18,600 AED+7%
Avionic System Support Engineer17,100 AED-1%
Biochemical Engineer16,100 AED-7%
BMS Engineer15,500 AED-10%
Bridge and Lock Tender9,550 AED-45%
Broadcast Engineer17,000 AED-2%
CAD Design Engineer18,500 AED+7%
CAD Designer11,200 AED-35%
CAE Engineer16,400 AED-5%
Ceramics Engineer16,500 AED-5%
Civil Engineer17,400 AED+1%
Commissioning Engineer16,400 AED-5%
Communications Engineer19,300 AED+11%
Condition Monitoring Engineer15,100 AED-13%
Contract Associate Engineer16,400 AED-5%
Control Systems Engineer16,900 AED-2%
Controls Engineer16,600 AED-4%
Controls Software Engineer15,500 AED-10%
Corrosion Engineer15,700 AED-9%
Design Engineer17,800 AED+3%
Drafter11,100 AED-36%
Drafting Manager19,600 AED+13%
Drilling Engineer17,300 AED-0%
Electrical Draughtsman8,340 AED-52%
Electrical Engineer20,200 AED+17%
Electrical Engineering Manager24,800 AED+43%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist19,300 AED+11%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler9,230 AED-47%
Energy Engineer18,400 AED+6%
Engine Assembler7,410 AED-57%
Engineer18,500 AED+7%
Engineering Account Manager20,200 AED+17%
Engineering Chief Designer19,500 AED+13%
Engineering Consultant22,900 AED+32%
Engineering Key Account Manager24,800 AED+43%
Engineering Lab Technician16,600 AED-4%
Engineering Planning Manager24,900 AED+44%
Engineering Production Manager31,100 AED+80%
Engineering Project Analyst20,300 AED+17%
Engineering Project Coordinator 20,300 AED+17%
Engineering Project Director34,700 AED+100%
Engineering Project Manager24,600 AED+42%
Engineering Research and Development Manager28,600 AED+65%
Engineering Safety Coordinator14,100 AED-19%
Engineering Sales Manager23,700 AED+37%
Engineering Technician13,300 AED-23%
Engineering Technologist13,100 AED-24%
Environmental Engineer17,600 AED+2%
Equipment Engineer15,200 AED-12%
Equipment Engineering Manager22,900 AED+32%
Estimator15,500 AED-10%
Fabrication Specialist12,800 AED-26%
Fabricator7,400 AED-57%
Facade Engineer16,600 AED-4%
Fiber Analyst9,490 AED-45%
Field Engineer18,400 AED+6%
Field Engineering Manager31,200 AED+80%
Fire Engineer17,700 AED+2%
Fitter and Turner5,260 AED-70%
Forestry Strategic Planner21,000 AED+21%
Generation Engineer18,600 AED+7%
Genetic Engineer20,300 AED+17%
Geological Engineer17,600 AED+2%
Geotechnical Engineer18,000 AED+4%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic8,640 AED-50%
Highway Engineer17,300 AED-0%
HSE Professional15,600 AED-10%
HVAC Engineer19,000 AED+10%
HVAC Supervisor16,400 AED-5%
Industrial Engineer17,600 AED+2%
Industrial Engineering Technologist16,800 AED-3%
Instrument Engineer17,300 AED-0%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer17,800 AED+3%
Instrumentation Engineer17,200 AED-1%
Instrumentation Manager17,000 AED-2%
Irrigation Engineer16,500 AED-5%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer19,700 AED+14%
Locomotive Engineer17,100 AED-1%
Maintenance Engineer16,300 AED-6%
Maintenance Fitter5,890 AED-66%
Maintenance Manager17,900 AED+3%
Manufacturing Engineer17,200 AED-1%
Marine Engineer18,500 AED+7%
Materials Engineer16,800 AED-3%
Materials Researcher15,800 AED-9%
Materials Technician12,600 AED-27%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer19,000 AED+10%
Mechanical Design Engineer18,700 AED+8%
Mechanical Designer15,400 AED-11%
Mechanical Engineer18,800 AED+9%
Mechanical Engineering Manager25,700 AED+48%
Mechanical Inspector16,900 AED-2%
Mechatronics Engineer19,300 AED+11%
Mining Engineer17,900 AED+3%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer18,900 AED+9%
Optical Engineer16,800 AED-3%
Optical Instrument Assembler8,620 AED-50%
PCB Assembler5,790 AED-67%
Photonics Engineer19,300 AED+11%
Photonics Technician16,000 AED-8%
Pipeline Engineer16,200 AED-6%
Piping Designer9,530 AED-45%
Piping Engineer15,500 AED-10%
Planning Engineer17,400 AED+1%
Pressure Vessel Inspector8,130 AED-53%
Principal Cost Engineer17,100 AED-1%
Principal Engineer17,800 AED+3%
Principal Support Engineer18,300 AED+6%
Process Engineer17,500 AED+1%
Process Operator10,500 AED-39%
Product Development Engineer19,000 AED+10%
Product Development Technician12,000 AED-31%
Product Engineer17,600 AED+2%
Product Safety Engineer17,400 AED+1%
Production Engineer17,100 AED-1%
Project Engineer18,400 AED+6%
Proposal Manager24,100 AED+39%
Purchasing Engineer15,800 AED-9%
Quality Assurance Engineer17,700 AED+2%
Rail Engineer18,500 AED+7%
Robotics Engineer19,800 AED+14%
Robotics Technician14,500 AED-16%
Safety Engineer17,000 AED-2%
Safety Inspector12,900 AED-25%
Safety Manager20,400 AED+18%
Safety Officer8,820 AED-49%
Sales Engineer18,200 AED+5%
Scheduling Engineer16,600 AED-4%
Service Engineer18,600 AED+7%
Solar Engineer19,100 AED+10%
Staff Engineer17,400 AED+1%
Static Equipment Engineer17,300 AED-0%
Stationary Engineer15,700 AED-9%
Stress Engineer16,000 AED-8%
Structural Analysis Engineer17,400 AED+1%
Structural Designer14,700 AED-15%
Structural Engineer17,800 AED+3%
Structural Technician10,600 AED-39%
Supply Chain Specialist17,500 AED+1%
Surveyor12,800 AED-26%
Technical Affairs Officer8,140 AED-53%
Technical Assistant8,830 AED-49%
Technical Engineer15,000 AED-13%
Technical Support Engineer15,100 AED-13%
Tender Engineer15,400 AED-11%
Test Development Engineer16,400 AED-5%
Transportation Engineer16,600 AED-4%
Validation Engineer16,100 AED-7%
Verification Engineer16,300 AED-6%
Wastewater Engineer16,700 AED-4%
Wind Energy Engineer17,100 AED-1%
Wind Energy Operations Manager23,200 AED+34%
Work Planner11,900 AED-31%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi18,500 AED
Ajman17,500 AED
Al Ain16,800 AED
Dubai18,000 AED
Fujairah16,200 AED
Ras Al Khaimah15,600 AED
Sharjah17,500 AED
Um Al Quiwain15,300 AED

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 United Arab Emirates earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
18,900 AED
Public Sector+6%
20,100 AED
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