This job is next to the toolpusher in rank on a rig crew. In fact, the driller supervises the rig crew’s work under the overall supervision of the toolpusher, and drillers also must know applicable safety and environmental regulations, plus obtain a number of similar certifications to the toolpusher. In addition to the supervisory role, the driller has a “hands on” job operating the rig’s hoisting and drilling equipment at the wellhead, including various gauges, valves, throttles, etc. Safety, blow-out prevention (BOP) are among the other responsibilities of a driller.
Driller jobs generally pay in the $45,000 range, but offshore or in challenging, remote onshore conditions, the pay can be in the $50K or $60K range (and up).