Salary Survey

As part of our efforts to provide the best online resources for job seekers and employers, Rigzone has worked to compile a broad survey of industry salary trends. The information below is just an overview of the full collection of data.

For employers and recruiters, we provide a flexible online system to allow you to research years worth of compensation data, as well as the most current results. In addition, we offer one-time reports covering specific skill sets. Learn more about The Rigzone Compensation Tracker.

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Oil & Gas Industry Compensation Trends
The graph below shows the average compensation for all respondents each year.
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$109,008
Australia & Oceania$99,013
Central Asia$74,118
East & SE Asia$72,087
Europe$119,902
Middle East$77,397
North America$95,542
South America$89,722
South Asia$67,763
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$109,008from1,242 responsesacross88 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,013from402 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$74,118from267 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$72,087from1,159 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$119,902from1,486 responsesacross89 jobs
Middle East$77,397from2,411 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$95,542from2,346 responsesacross92 jobs
South America$89,722from605 responsesacross84 jobs
South Asia$67,763from329 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$118,655
Engineering$89,624
Geoscience$107,673
HSE$85,670
Maritime$96,791
Mgmt/Support$96,207
Oilfield Service$79,260
Production$89,101
Trades$75,914
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$118,655from892 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$89,624from3,065 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,673from510 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,670from994 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,791from418 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,207from1,980 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,260from892 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,101from622 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,914from874 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Mechanic
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Changes calculated based on salary data submitted in last 90 days versus all previous year salaries for that job title.
Recent Results
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geologist replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 30
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Apr 30
working in Europe up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Information Technology replied Apr 30
working in Africa up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Apr 30
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Ships Engineer replied Apr 30
working in East & SE Asia down in 2016
with 29 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Apr 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 4 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2016
with 17 years exp. vs 2015
 
Sales / Marketing replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Chemical Engineer replied Apr 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Engineer replied Apr 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 13 years exp. vs 2015
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Apr 29
working in South America up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Averages, changes, and standard ranges are calculated by converting local currencies entered by respondents into US dollars using the prevailing exchange rate at the time of the response. The currency conversion process can introduce some extra volatility in salaries given that currency exchange rates sometimes fluctuate markedly from year to year.

Low Range and Hi Range are calculated by taking the standard deviation for a given group of salaries, after conversion to US dollars, and then either adding or subtracting that deviation from the average salary for the group. This range represents approximately 70% of responses, excluding the upper and lower 15% of responses.