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Drilling Engineer Average Salary in Colombia 2022

How much money does a Drilling Engineer make in Colombia?

Average Monthly Salary
3,930,000 COP
( 47,100,000 COP yearly)


A person working as a Drilling Engineer in Colombia typically earns around 3,930,000 COP per month. Salaries range from 2,040,000 COP (lowest) to 6,010,000 COP (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 Colombia

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

  • Salary Range

    Drilling Engineer salaries in Colombia range from 2,040,000 COP per month (minimum salary) to 6,010,000 COP per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,770,000 COP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,770,000 COP while the other half are earning more than 3,770,000 COP. 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 2,620,000 COP while 75% of them are earning more than 2,620,000 COP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 4,700,000 COP while 25% are earning more than 4,700,000 COP.

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 2,320,000 COP per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,110,000 COP 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 4,050,000 COP 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 4,900,000 COP 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 5,360,000 COP 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 5,630,000 COP per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Drilling Engineer average salary change by experience in Colombia

0 - 2 Years
2,320,000 COP
2 - 5 Years+34%
3,110,000 COP
5 - 10 Years+30%
4,050,000 COP
10 - 15 Years+21%
4,900,000 COP
15 - 20 Years+9%
5,360,000 COP
20+ Years+5%
5,630,000 COP
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 2,760,000 COP per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 4,190,000 COP per month, 52% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 5,930,000 COP per month, 42% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Drilling Engineer average salary difference by education level in Colombia

Certificate or Diploma
2,760,000 COP
Bachelor's Degree+52%
4,190,000 COP
Master's Degree+42%
5,930,000 COP
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 Colombia costs anywhere from 23,500,000 Colombian Peso(s) to 70,400,000 Colombian Peso(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 Colombia earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

4,150,000 COP
3,780,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Colombia for all Careers

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Drilling Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Colombia

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

Drilling Engineer

Drilling Engineer(s) in Colombia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 19 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.

Colombia / 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 Colombia is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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

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

75% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 25% 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 Colombia

22,700 COP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Colombia is 22,700 COP. This means that the average Drilling Engineer in Colombia earns approximately 22,700 COP 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 Colombia
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The average salary for Drilling Engineer is 1% less than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer4,050,000 COP+3%
Assembly Engineering Technician3,320,000 COP-15%
Assistant Chief Engineer4,560,000 COP+16%
Associate Engineer3,880,000 COP-1%
Autocad Operator2,700,000 COP-31%
Automation Engineer4,480,000 COP+14%
Avionic System Support Engineer3,730,000 COP-5%
Biochemical Engineer3,880,000 COP-1%
BMS Engineer3,980,000 COP+1%
Bridge and Lock Tender2,250,000 COP-43%
Broadcast Engineer3,930,000 COP+0%
CAD Design Engineer4,360,000 COP+11%
CAD Designer2,500,000 COP-36%
CAE Engineer3,880,000 COP-1%
Ceramics Engineer3,910,000 COP-0%
Civil Engineer4,190,000 COP+7%
Commissioning Engineer4,110,000 COP+5%
Communications Engineer4,550,000 COP+16%
Condition Monitoring Engineer3,530,000 COP-10%
Contract Associate Engineer3,950,000 COP+1%
Control Systems Engineer4,160,000 COP+6%
Controls Engineer4,250,000 COP+8%
Controls Software Engineer3,530,000 COP-10%
Corrosion Engineer3,930,000 COP+0%
Design Engineer4,360,000 COP+11%
Drafter2,690,000 COP-32%
Drafting Manager4,700,000 COP+20%
Drilling Engineer3,930,000 COP+0%
Electrical Draughtsman2,060,000 COP-48%
Electrical Engineer4,650,000 COP+18%
Electrical Engineering Manager5,770,000 COP+47%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist4,530,000 COP+15%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler2,100,000 COP-47%
Energy Engineer4,510,000 COP+15%
Engine Assembler1,810,000 COP-54%
Engineer4,450,000 COP+13%
Engineering Account Manager4,930,000 COP+25%
Engineering Chief Designer4,490,000 COP+14%
Engineering Consultant5,440,000 COP+38%
Engineering Key Account Manager6,000,000 COP+53%
Engineering Lab Technician4,090,000 COP+4%
Engineering Planning Manager5,580,000 COP+42%
Engineering Production Manager7,490,000 COP+91%
Engineering Project Analyst4,760,000 COP+21%
Engineering Project Coordinator 4,670,000 COP+19%
Engineering Project Director8,160,000 COP+110%
Engineering Project Manager6,080,000 COP+55%
Engineering Research and Development Manager6,500,000 COP+65%
Engineering Safety Coordinator3,240,000 COP-18%
Engineering Sales Manager5,530,000 COP+41%
Engineering Technician3,370,000 COP-14%
Engineering Technologist3,270,000 COP-17%
Environmental Engineer3,910,000 COP-0%
Equipment Engineer3,820,000 COP-3%
Equipment Engineering Manager5,230,000 COP+33%
Estimator3,680,000 COP-6%
Fabrication Specialist2,910,000 COP-26%
Fabricator1,960,000 COP-50%
Facade Engineer4,010,000 COP+2%
Fiber Analyst2,270,000 COP-42%
Field Engineer4,330,000 COP+10%
Field Engineering Manager6,660,000 COP+70%
Fire Engineer4,190,000 COP+7%
Fitter and Turner1,270,000 COP-68%
Forestry Strategic Planner4,820,000 COP+23%
Generation Engineer4,040,000 COP+3%
Genetic Engineer4,400,000 COP+12%
Geological Engineer4,240,000 COP+8%
Geotechnical Engineer4,410,000 COP+12%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic2,300,000 COP-41%
Highway Engineer4,320,000 COP+10%
HSE Professional3,930,000 COP+0%
HVAC Engineer4,380,000 COP+11%
HVAC Supervisor3,750,000 COP-5%
Industrial Engineer4,150,000 COP+6%
Industrial Engineering Technologist3,970,000 COP+1%
Instrument Engineer4,100,000 COP+4%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer4,200,000 COP+7%
Instrumentation Engineer4,140,000 COP+5%
Instrumentation Manager4,170,000 COP+6%
Irrigation Engineer3,970,000 COP+1%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer4,370,000 COP+11%
Locomotive Engineer4,050,000 COP+3%
Maintenance Engineer4,020,000 COP+2%
Maintenance Fitter1,510,000 COP-62%
Maintenance Manager4,300,000 COP+9%
Manufacturing Engineer3,910,000 COP-0%
Marine Engineer4,280,000 COP+9%
Materials Engineer3,960,000 COP+1%
Materials Researcher3,900,000 COP-1%
Materials Technician3,030,000 COP-23%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer4,570,000 COP+16%
Mechanical Design Engineer4,390,000 COP+12%
Mechanical Designer3,720,000 COP-5%
Mechanical Engineer4,510,000 COP+15%
Mechanical Engineering Manager5,630,000 COP+43%
Mechanical Inspector3,830,000 COP-3%
Mechatronics Engineer4,450,000 COP+13%
Mining Engineer4,230,000 COP+8%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer4,350,000 COP+11%
Optical Engineer4,210,000 COP+7%
Optical Instrument Assembler2,090,000 COP-47%
PCB Assembler1,480,000 COP-62%
Photonics Engineer4,730,000 COP+20%
Photonics Technician3,660,000 COP-7%
Pipeline Engineer3,920,000 COP-0%
Piping Designer2,200,000 COP-44%
Piping Engineer3,900,000 COP-1%
Planning Engineer4,350,000 COP+11%
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,940,000 COP-51%
Principal Cost Engineer4,200,000 COP+7%
Principal Engineer4,200,000 COP+7%
Principal Support Engineer4,400,000 COP+12%
Process Engineer4,140,000 COP+5%
Process Operator2,550,000 COP-35%
Product Development Engineer4,120,000 COP+5%
Product Development Technician3,010,000 COP-23%
Product Engineer4,320,000 COP+10%
Product Safety Engineer3,790,000 COP-4%
Production Engineer4,280,000 COP+9%
Project Engineer4,160,000 COP+6%
Proposal Manager5,300,000 COP+35%
Purchasing Engineer3,740,000 COP-5%
Quality Assurance Engineer4,090,000 COP+4%
Rail Engineer4,350,000 COP+11%
Robotics Engineer4,830,000 COP+23%
Robotics Technician3,310,000 COP-16%
Safety Engineer4,100,000 COP+4%
Safety Inspector3,290,000 COP-16%
Safety Manager4,890,000 COP+24%
Safety Officer2,170,000 COP-45%
Sales Engineer4,550,000 COP+16%
Scheduling Engineer3,640,000 COP-7%
Service Engineer4,550,000 COP+16%
Solar Engineer4,480,000 COP+14%
Staff Engineer4,120,000 COP+5%
Static Equipment Engineer3,930,000 COP+0%
Stationary Engineer3,560,000 COP-9%
Stress Engineer3,710,000 COP-6%
Structural Analysis Engineer4,100,000 COP+4%
Structural Designer3,780,000 COP-4%
Structural Engineer3,890,000 COP-1%
Structural Technician2,670,000 COP-32%
Supply Chain Specialist4,140,000 COP+5%
Surveyor3,120,000 COP-21%
Technical Affairs Officer2,050,000 COP-48%
Technical Assistant2,140,000 COP-46%
Technical Engineer3,430,000 COP-13%
Technical Support Engineer3,530,000 COP-10%
Tender Engineer3,880,000 COP-1%
Test Development Engineer4,120,000 COP+5%
Transportation Engineer4,070,000 COP+4%
Validation Engineer3,740,000 COP-5%
Verification Engineer3,930,000 COP+0%
Wastewater Engineer4,190,000 COP+7%
Wind Energy Engineer4,030,000 COP+3%
Wind Energy Operations Manager5,530,000 COP+41%
Work Planner2,800,000 COP-29%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Barranquilla4,130,000 COP
Bello3,810,000 COP
Bogota4,320,000 COP
Bucaramanga4,200,000 COP
Buenaventura3,700,000 COP
Cartagena4,340,000 COP
Cucuta4,120,000 COP
Ibague4,180,000 COP
Manizales3,900,000 COP
Medellin4,540,000 COP
Monteria4,000,000 COP
Neiva3,640,000 COP
Pereira3,830,000 COP
Santa Marta4,190,000 COP
Soacha4,160,000 COP
Soledad4,180,000 COP
Valledupar4,020,000 COP
Villavicencio4,250,000 COP

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 Colombia earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,400,000 COP
Public Sector+11%
4,880,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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