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Rotary Driller Helper Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$72,997 (USD)

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Last updated: May 24, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Rotary Driller Helper is $72,997 a year and $35 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Rotary Driller Helper is between $52,354 and $90,079. 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

  • Assists rotary driller in operating machinery to drill oil or gas wells, using handtools and power tongs and wrenches: assembles and disassembles casings and pipe sections, using hand and power wrenches and tongs.
  • Sets curved metal wedges around pipe string at wellhead to prevent string from falling into well during change or addition of pipe sections.
  • Tightens or loosens threaded joints between sections, using tongs or chain wrenches.
  • Guides lower end of pipe sections to or from well opening.
  • Loosens or tightens joints, using cathead (winch).
  • Mixes drilling mud (clay and sand slush), using power agitators.
  • Reads gauge to ascertain pressure on drilling tools at bottom of well and reports irregularities to rotary driller.
  • Repairs drilling machinery, slush pumps, and derricks.
  • Digs drainage ditches, racks tools, and cleans drilling floor around rig.
  • May assist in erecting and dismantling rigs.
  • Performs other duties as described under helper.
  • May be known according to specific duty performed as back-up worker; cathead worker; lead-tong worker; pipe racker.
Rotary Driller Helper Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

Job family population: 15,370

Estimated population of Rotary Driller Helper jobs: 621

Rate of error: 4.9%

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 2,716,450 (2017), 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...

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