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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$102,222
Australia & Oceania$104,775
Central Asia$77,887
East & SE Asia$84,448
Europe$113,133
Middle East$76,266
North America$89,980
South America$85,067
South Asia$72,224
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,222from1,776 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,775from713 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$77,887from624 responsesacross85 jobs
East & SE Asia$84,448from1,076 responsesacross85 jobs
Europe$113,133from1,388 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,266from2,873 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$89,980from5,741 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,067from936 responsesacross85 jobs
South Asia$72,224from644 responsesacross86 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$119,677
Engineering$85,608
Geoscience$100,433
HSE$82,869
Maritime$99,298
Mgmt/Support$90,718
Oilfield Service$84,044
Production$88,981
Trades$75,355
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$119,677from1,527 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,608from3,934 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,433from611 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,869from1,636 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,298from725 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,718from3,132 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,044from1,450 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$88,981from913 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,355from1,843 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Captain
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up MWD/LWD/Logging
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Rig Worker
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Changes calculated based on salary data submitted in last 90 days versus all previous year salaries for that job title.
Recent Results
Drilling Engineer replied Nov 28
working in Europe up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Nov 28
working in Europe up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Nov 28
working in Africa up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Nov 28
working in Europe up in 2014
with 21 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Nov 28
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Marine Engineer replied Nov 28
working in Europe up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Nov 28
working in Africa down in 2014
with 28 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Nov 27
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Cementing replied Nov 27
working in South America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanic replied Nov 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Nov 27
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Nov 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Heavy Lift / Pipelay replied Nov 27
working in Europe down in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Nov 27
working in South America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Nov 27
working in Europe down in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
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.