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Drilling Engineer Average Salary in Ghana 2022

How much money does a Drilling Engineer make in Ghana?

Average Monthly Salary
4,230 GHS
( 50,700 GHS yearly)


A person working as a Drilling Engineer in Ghana typically earns around 4,230 GHS per month. Salaries range from 2,070 GHS (lowest) to 6,600 GHS (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 Ghana

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

  • Salary Range

    Drilling Engineer salaries in Ghana range from 2,070 GHS per month (minimum salary) to 6,600 GHS per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,310 GHS per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 4,310 GHS while the other half are earning more than 4,310 GHS. 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 2,870 GHS while 75% of them are earning more than 2,870 GHS. Also from the diagram, 75% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 5,560 GHS while 25% are earning more than 5,560 GHS.

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 Ghana 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 2,460 GHS per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,160 GHS 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 4,360 GHS 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 5,400 GHS 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 5,780 GHS 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 6,170 GHS per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Drilling Engineer average salary change by experience in Ghana

0 - 2 Years
2,460 GHS
2 - 5 Years+29%
3,160 GHS
5 - 10 Years+38%
4,360 GHS
10 - 15 Years+24%
5,400 GHS
15 - 20 Years+7%
5,780 GHS
20+ Years+7%
6,170 GHS
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 3,160 GHS per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 4,240 GHS per month, 34% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 6,510 GHS per month, 53% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Drilling Engineer average salary difference by education level in Ghana

Certificate or Diploma
3,160 GHS
Bachelor's Degree+34%
4,240 GHS
Master's Degree+53%
6,510 GHS
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 Ghana costs anywhere from 25,300 Cedi(s) to 76,000 Cedi(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 monthly Ghana 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 Ghana earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

4,370 GHS
4,020 GHS
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ghana for all Careers

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Drilling Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ghana

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

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Drilling Engineer(s) in Ghana are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% 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.

Ghana / 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 Ghana is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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

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

24 GHS per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ghana is 24 GHS. This means that the average Drilling Engineer in Ghana earns approximately 24 GHS 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 Ghana
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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
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Assembly Engineering Technician3,310 GHS-22%
Assistant Chief Engineer4,720 GHS+12%
Associate Engineer4,000 GHS-5%
Autocad Operator2,690 GHS-36%
Automation Engineer4,380 GHS+4%
Avionic System Support Engineer3,940 GHS-7%
Biochemical Engineer3,990 GHS-6%
BMS Engineer4,210 GHS-0%
Bridge and Lock Tender2,310 GHS-45%
Broadcast Engineer4,060 GHS-4%
CAD Design Engineer4,320 GHS+2%
CAD Designer2,570 GHS-39%
CAE Engineer4,150 GHS-2%
Ceramics Engineer3,790 GHS-10%
Civil Engineer4,650 GHS+10%
Commissioning Engineer4,100 GHS-3%
Communications Engineer4,860 GHS+15%
Condition Monitoring Engineer3,650 GHS-14%
Contract Associate Engineer4,060 GHS-4%
Control Systems Engineer4,210 GHS-0%
Controls Engineer4,400 GHS+4%
Controls Software Engineer3,710 GHS-12%
Corrosion Engineer3,930 GHS-7%
Design Engineer4,530 GHS+7%
Drafter2,680 GHS-37%
Drafting Manager4,830 GHS+14%
Drilling Engineer4,230 GHS+0%
Electrical Draughtsman2,260 GHS-47%
Electrical Engineer4,690 GHS+11%
Electrical Engineering Manager6,030 GHS+43%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist4,500 GHS+6%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler2,160 GHS-49%
Energy Engineer4,460 GHS+5%
Engine Assembler1,970 GHS-53%
Engineer4,350 GHS+3%
Engineering Account Manager5,000 GHS+18%
Engineering Chief Designer4,890 GHS+16%
Engineering Consultant5,740 GHS+36%
Engineering Key Account Manager6,240 GHS+48%
Engineering Lab Technician4,150 GHS-2%
Engineering Planning Manager6,310 GHS+49%
Engineering Production Manager7,400 GHS+75%
Engineering Project Analyst4,840 GHS+14%
Engineering Project Coordinator 4,950 GHS+17%
Engineering Project Director8,610 GHS+100%
Engineering Project Manager6,220 GHS+47%
Engineering Research and Development Manager7,070 GHS+67%
Engineering Safety Coordinator3,310 GHS-22%
Engineering Sales Manager5,920 GHS+40%
Engineering Technician3,450 GHS-18%
Engineering Technologist3,480 GHS-18%
Environmental Engineer4,380 GHS+4%
Equipment Engineer4,010 GHS-5%
Equipment Engineering Manager5,690 GHS+35%
Estimator3,840 GHS-9%
Fabrication Specialist3,020 GHS-29%
Fabricator1,910 GHS-55%
Facade Engineer4,340 GHS+3%
Fiber Analyst2,410 GHS-43%
Field Engineer4,400 GHS+4%
Field Engineering Manager7,030 GHS+66%
Fire Engineer4,260 GHS+1%
Fitter and Turner1,340 GHS-68%
Forestry Strategic Planner5,230 GHS+24%
Generation Engineer4,480 GHS+6%
Genetic Engineer4,520 GHS+7%
Geological Engineer4,470 GHS+6%
Geotechnical Engineer4,810 GHS+14%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic2,320 GHS-45%
Highway Engineer4,420 GHS+5%
HSE Professional3,920 GHS-7%
HVAC Engineer4,640 GHS+10%
HVAC Supervisor3,930 GHS-7%
Industrial Engineer4,120 GHS-3%
Industrial Engineering Technologist4,250 GHS+1%
Instrument Engineer4,060 GHS-4%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer4,280 GHS+1%
Instrumentation Engineer4,370 GHS+3%
Instrumentation Manager4,120 GHS-3%
Irrigation Engineer4,080 GHS-4%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer4,430 GHS+5%
Locomotive Engineer4,330 GHS+2%
Maintenance Engineer3,870 GHS-8%
Maintenance Fitter1,580 GHS-63%
Maintenance Manager4,320 GHS+2%
Manufacturing Engineer4,320 GHS+2%
Marine Engineer4,430 GHS+5%
Materials Engineer4,240 GHS+0%
Materials Researcher4,160 GHS-2%
Materials Technician3,080 GHS-27%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer4,700 GHS+11%
Mechanical Design Engineer4,700 GHS+11%
Mechanical Designer3,730 GHS-12%
Mechanical Engineer4,520 GHS+7%
Mechanical Engineering Manager5,850 GHS+38%
Mechanical Inspector4,230 GHS+0%
Mechatronics Engineer4,600 GHS+9%
Mining Engineer4,310 GHS+2%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer4,850 GHS+15%
Optical Engineer4,310 GHS+2%
Optical Instrument Assembler2,210 GHS-48%
PCB Assembler1,510 GHS-64%
Photonics Engineer4,670 GHS+10%
Photonics Technician3,740 GHS-12%
Pipeline Engineer3,840 GHS-9%
Piping Designer2,230 GHS-47%
Piping Engineer4,090 GHS-3%
Planning Engineer4,240 GHS+0%
Pressure Vessel Inspector2,040 GHS-52%
Principal Cost Engineer4,580 GHS+8%
Principal Engineer4,170 GHS-1%
Principal Support Engineer4,530 GHS+7%
Process Engineer4,320 GHS+2%
Process Operator2,530 GHS-40%
Product Development Engineer4,460 GHS+5%
Product Development Technician3,280 GHS-22%
Product Engineer4,380 GHS+4%
Product Safety Engineer3,900 GHS-8%
Production Engineer4,170 GHS-1%
Project Engineer4,370 GHS+3%
Proposal Manager5,500 GHS+30%
Purchasing Engineer4,100 GHS-3%
Quality Assurance Engineer4,440 GHS+5%
Rail Engineer4,440 GHS+5%
Robotics Engineer5,010 GHS+18%
Robotics Technician3,570 GHS-16%
Safety Engineer4,320 GHS+2%
Safety Inspector3,280 GHS-22%
Safety Manager5,280 GHS+25%
Safety Officer2,150 GHS-49%
Sales Engineer4,770 GHS+13%
Scheduling Engineer4,030 GHS-5%
Service Engineer4,730 GHS+12%
Solar Engineer4,440 GHS+5%
Staff Engineer4,190 GHS-1%
Static Equipment Engineer4,230 GHS+0%
Stationary Engineer3,740 GHS-12%
Stress Engineer4,130 GHS-2%
Structural Analysis Engineer4,280 GHS+1%
Structural Designer3,720 GHS-12%
Structural Engineer4,210 GHS-0%
Structural Technician2,710 GHS-36%
Supply Chain Specialist4,110 GHS-3%
Surveyor3,130 GHS-26%
Technical Affairs Officer2,220 GHS-47%
Technical Assistant2,100 GHS-50%
Technical Engineer3,790 GHS-10%
Technical Support Engineer3,650 GHS-14%
Tender Engineer3,970 GHS-6%
Test Development Engineer4,430 GHS+5%
Transportation Engineer4,030 GHS-5%
Validation Engineer3,870 GHS-8%
Verification Engineer3,940 GHS-7%
Wastewater Engineer4,390 GHS+4%
Wind Energy Engineer4,430 GHS+5%
Wind Energy Operations Manager5,690 GHS+35%
Work Planner3,120 GHS-26%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Accra4,420 GHS
Kumasi4,440 GHS

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 Ghana earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,860 GHS
Public Sector+8%
5,230 GHS
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