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Drilling Inspector Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$71,686 (USD)

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Last updated: May 25, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Drilling Inspector is $71,686 a year and $34 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Drilling Inspector is between $51,486 and $88,388. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Charts pressure, temperature, and other characteristics of oil and gas well boreholes or producing wells, using special subsurface instruments, and interprets findings for use in determining further drilling or producing procedures: directs workers in assembling wire line hoisting gear and attaching line to instruments.
  • Gives directions to hoist operator to lower clinograph into well to determine variation of well from vertical (instrument records variation on chart).
  • Informs rotary driller of variation from vertical.
  • Lowers weighted wire into well and reads depth of well from recording wheel.
  • Lowers depth bomb into well that records pressure at various depths to determine rate of natural flow of oil from well.
  • Lowers thermometers and other instruments with accompanying recording devices through tubing, casing, drill pipe, or open borehole.
  • Raises instruments from well and removes chart recordings.
  • Measures, converts, records, and interprets data for use by engineering personnel and management in determining drilling or production procedures.
  • May calibrate recording devices.
  • May repair and maintain instruments.
  • May be designated according to specialty as bottom-hole-pressure-recording operator.
Drilling Inspector Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Geological and Petroleum Technicians

Job family population: 14,820

Estimated population of Drilling Inspector jobs: 1,014

Rate of error: 4.7%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Drilling Inspector Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Entry-Level General Machinist
May 23
Niles, IL, USA
Messina Group
Operates inspection equipment. * Interpret and follow blueprints for proper production task ... drilling. * The ability to use computer and web-based systems to input, access, modify, or output ...
Laborer / CDL A Driver
May 22
Saint Charles, IL, USA
Earth Solutions, Inc
Drilling experience a plus; training is available.Utility locating experience is a plus. Must have ... Ability to perform daily pre-trip, post-trip and safety inspections on equipment * Must have a ...
CNC Machinist - HAAS and/or Swiss Citizen Experience Required
May 16
Elmhurst, IL, USA
Voyig, LLC
... drilling, boring, or related operations to close and interrelated tolerances. · Reads and ... variety of inspection and gaging operations to insure maintenance of quality standards and ...
Mechanical Assembler
May 16
Carol Stream, IL, USA
Prime UV-IR Systems, Inc.
Must be able to read and interpret blue prints, do layout work, and secondary machining operations, drilling, tapping and deburring. * Inspect machined parts using precision instruments such as ...
CNC Machinist
May 3
Elmhurst, IL, USA
Voyig, LLC
... drilling, boring, or related operations to close and interrelated tolerances. · Reads and ... variety of inspection and gaging operations to insure maintenance of quality standards and ...
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