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$101,531
Australia & Oceania$94,441
Central Asia$67,442
East & SE Asia$70,456
Europe$110,555
Middle East$76,599
North America$92,622
South America$87,802
South Asia$72,848
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,531from766 responsesacross82 jobs
Australia & Oceania$94,441from217 responsesacross65 jobs
Central Asia$67,442from204 responsesacross59 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,456from785 responsesacross73 jobs
Europe$110,555from878 responsesacross82 jobs
Middle East$76,599from1,706 responsesacross80 jobs
North America$92,622from1,728 responsesacross82 jobs
South America$87,802from400 responsesacross71 jobs
South Asia$72,848from224 responsesacross57 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,999
Engineering$84,416
Geoscience$107,826
HSE$82,540
Maritime$100,118
Mgmt/Support$91,352
Oilfield Service$74,787
Production$89,522
Trades$70,737
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,999from697 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,416from2,129 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,826from311 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,540from653 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$100,118from231 responsesacross7 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,352from1,296 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$74,787from664 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,522from356 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$70,737from571 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Mechanic
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
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
Operations Manager replied Aug 17
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrician replied Aug 17
working in North America up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Engineer replied Aug 17
working in Europe up in 2017
with 27 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Aug 17
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Coil Tubing replied Aug 17
working in Europe up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Aug 16
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Subsea Engineer replied Aug 16
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Pipe Inspection replied Aug 16
working in North America up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Aug 16
working in Europe up in 2017
with 27 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Operator replied Aug 16
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2017
with 27 years exp. vs 2016
 
Cementing replied Aug 16
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Engineer replied Aug 16
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrician replied Aug 16
working in North America up in 2017
with 11 years exp. vs 2016
 
Electrician replied Aug 16
working in North America up in 2017
with 11 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Engineer replied Aug 16
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.