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Drilling Engineer Average Salary in New Zealand 2021

How much money does a Drilling Engineer make in New Zealand?


Average Yearly Salary
86,100 NZD
( 7,180 NZD monthly)

LOW
44,800
NZD
AVERAGE
86,100
NZD
HIGH
132,000
NZD

A person working as a Drilling Engineer in New Zealand typically earns around 86,100 NZD per year. Salaries range from 44,800 NZD (lowest) to 132,000 NZD (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 New Zealand

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

  • Salary Range

    Drilling Engineer salaries in New Zealand range from 44,800 NZD per year (minimum salary) to 132,000 NZD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 82,700 NZD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 82,700 NZD while the other half are earning more than 82,700 NZD. 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 57,400 NZD while 75% of them are earning more than 57,400 NZD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Drilling Engineer(s) are earning less than 103,000 NZD while 25% are earning more than 103,000 NZD.


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 yearly New Zealand 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 50,900 NZD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 68,300 NZD per year, 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 88,700 NZD per year, 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 107,000 NZD per year, 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 117,000 NZD per year, 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 123,000 NZD per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Drilling Engineer average salary change by experience in New Zealand

0 - 2 Years
50,900 NZD
2 - 5 Years+34%
68,300 NZD
5 - 10 Years+30%
88,700 NZD
10 - 15 Years+21%
107,000 NZD
15 - 20 Years+9%
117,000 NZD
20+ Years+5%
123,000 NZD
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 60,400 NZD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 91,700 NZD per year, 52% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 130,000 NZD per year, 42% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.


Drilling Engineer average salary difference by education level in New Zealand

Certificate or Diploma
60,400 NZD
Bachelor's Degree+52%
91,700 NZD
Master's Degree+42%
130,000 NZD
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 New Zealand costs anywhere from 40,500 New Zealand Dollar(s) to 122,000 New Zealand 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 New Zealand 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 New Zealand earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
88,300 NZD
Female-5%
84,200 NZD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in New Zealand for all Careers

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Drilling Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in New Zealand

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

Drilling Engineer

Drilling Engineer(s) in New Zealand 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.

New Zealand / 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 New Zealand is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

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

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

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% 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
29%
No Bonus
71%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 New Zealand


41 NZD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in New Zealand is 41 NZD. This means that the average Drilling Engineer in New Zealand earns approximately 41 NZD 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 New Zealand
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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.

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Ceramics Engineer75,800 NZD-12%
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Control Systems Engineer80,200 NZD-7%
Controls Engineer85,200 NZD-1%
Controls Software Engineer76,000 NZD-12%
Corrosion Engineer75,000 NZD-13%
Design Engineer85,800 NZD-0%
Drafter53,300 NZD-38%
Drafting Manager93,500 NZD+9%
Drilling Engineer86,100 NZD-0%
Electrical Draughtsman43,200 NZD-50%
Electrical Engineer93,100 NZD+8%
Electrical Engineering Manager116,000 NZD+35%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist91,400 NZD+6%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler42,600 NZD-51%
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Engineer90,500 NZD+5%
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Engineering Chief Designer93,600 NZD+9%
Engineering Consultant113,000 NZD+31%
Engineering Key Account Manager121,000 NZD+41%
Engineering Lab Technician77,400 NZD-10%
Engineering Planning Manager118,000 NZD+37%
Engineering Production Manager156,000 NZD+81%
Engineering Project Analyst102,000 NZD+18%
Engineering Project Coordinator 103,000 NZD+20%
Engineering Project Director169,000 NZD+96%
Engineering Project Manager118,000 NZD+37%
Engineering Research and Development Manager133,000 NZD+54%
Engineering Safety Coordinator65,600 NZD-24%
Engineering Sales Manager114,000 NZD+32%
Engineering Technician65,600 NZD-24%
Engineering Technologist66,900 NZD-22%
Environmental Engineer80,200 NZD-7%
Equipment Engineer78,900 NZD-8%
Equipment Engineering Manager109,000 NZD+27%
Estimator69,800 NZD-19%
Fabrication Specialist59,600 NZD-31%
Fabricator40,400 NZD-53%
Facade Engineer83,200 NZD-3%
Fiber Analyst51,200 NZD-41%
Field Engineer90,800 NZD+5%
Field Engineering Manager141,000 NZD+64%
Fire Engineer87,800 NZD+2%
Fitter and Turner26,800 NZD-69%
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Generation Engineer89,000 NZD+3%
Genetic Engineer89,400 NZD+4%
Geological Engineer86,100 NZD-0%
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Heavy Equipment Mechanic45,100 NZD-48%
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HSE Professional76,400 NZD-11%
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Instrumentation and Control Engineer86,300 NZD+0%
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Instrumentation Manager87,200 NZD+1%
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Licensed Aircraft Engineer87,800 NZD+2%
Locomotive Engineer80,000 NZD-7%
Maintenance Engineer80,700 NZD-6%
Maintenance Fitter28,700 NZD-67%
Maintenance Manager87,500 NZD+2%
Manufacturing Engineer79,200 NZD-8%
Marine Engineer87,400 NZD+1%
Materials Engineer81,400 NZD-5%
Materials Researcher80,000 NZD-7%
Materials Technician63,500 NZD-26%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer87,300 NZD+1%
Mechanical Design Engineer88,500 NZD+3%
Mechanical Designer75,600 NZD-12%
Mechanical Engineer93,400 NZD+8%
Mechanical Engineering Manager118,000 NZD+37%
Mechanical Inspector79,200 NZD-8%
Mechatronics Engineer92,500 NZD+7%
Mining Engineer87,100 NZD+1%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer92,400 NZD+7%
Optical Engineer82,000 NZD-5%
Optical Instrument Assembler45,100 NZD-48%
PCB Assembler31,700 NZD-63%
Photonics Engineer96,900 NZD+13%
Photonics Technician75,600 NZD-12%
Pipeline Engineer78,100 NZD-9%
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Piping Engineer78,900 NZD-8%
Planning Engineer89,900 NZD+4%
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Principal Engineer86,400 NZD+0%
Principal Support Engineer82,500 NZD-4%
Process Engineer80,000 NZD-7%
Process Operator50,400 NZD-41%
Product Development Engineer89,000 NZD+3%
Product Development Technician64,100 NZD-26%
Product Engineer85,000 NZD-1%
Product Safety Engineer77,000 NZD-11%
Production Engineer88,400 NZD+3%
Project Engineer91,400 NZD+6%
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Purchasing Engineer78,500 NZD-9%
Quality Assurance Engineer81,700 NZD-5%
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Robotics Engineer95,000 NZD+10%
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Sales Engineer92,100 NZD+7%
Scheduling Engineer80,100 NZD-7%
Service Engineer87,900 NZD+2%
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Staff Engineer86,300 NZD+0%
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Test Development Engineer86,900 NZD+1%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Auckland87,600 NZD
Christchurch88,700 NZD
Hamilton81,500 NZD
Rotorua77,600 NZD
Wellington81,800 NZD

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

Private Sector
94,600 NZD
Public Sector+5%
99,600 NZD
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