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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$101,301
Australia & Oceania$105,414
Central Asia$78,249
East & SE Asia$83,095
Europe$113,607
Middle East$76,682
North America$90,240
South America$85,416
South Asia$72,233
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,301from1,763 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,414from688 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$78,249from591 responsesacross83 jobs
East & SE Asia$83,095from1,105 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,607from1,359 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,682from2,860 responsesacross93 jobs
North America$90,240from5,615 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,416from938 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$72,233from618 responsesacross85 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$119,268
Engineering$85,770
Geoscience$99,744
HSE$82,996
Maritime$99,880
Mgmt/Support$90,892
Oilfield Service$83,715
Production$89,158
Trades$74,804
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$119,268from1,541 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,770from3,903 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$99,744from607 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,996from1,596 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,880from703 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,892from3,083 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,715from1,420 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,158from885 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,804from1,799 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Toolpusher
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Geoscientist
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrical Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Captain
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
Maintenance Engineer replied Dec 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Dec 21
working in Africa up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Driller replied Dec 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Dec 21
working in Europe down in 2014
with 26 years exp. vs 2013
 
Field Service Tech replied Dec 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Dec 21
working in Africa up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Dec 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Trade replied Dec 21
working in North America up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Dec 21
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Dec 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Dec 21
working in South America up in 2014
with 22 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Dec 21
working in Africa down in 2014
with 19 years exp. vs 2013
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Dec 20
working in Africa up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Dec 20
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Dec 20
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 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.