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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$100,914
Australia & Oceania$105,714
Central Asia$77,605
East & SE Asia$80,565
Europe$112,844
Middle East$76,999
North America$91,060
South America$86,432
South Asia$71,836
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$100,914from1,643 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,714from629 responsesacross82 jobs
Central Asia$77,605from483 responsesacross77 jobs
East & SE Asia$80,565from1,209 responsesacross85 jobs
Europe$112,844from1,340 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,999from2,687 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$91,060from4,997 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,432from887 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,836from496 responsesacross84 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,171
Engineering$85,513
Geoscience$100,558
HSE$83,566
Maritime$97,783
Mgmt/Support$91,114
Oilfield Service$82,961
Production$87,648
Trades$73,877
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,171from1,499 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,513from3,632 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,558from550 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,566from1,439 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,783from638 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,114from2,833 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$82,961from1,309 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,648from848 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$73,877from1,623 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Human Resources
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Safety Officer
Avg Salary Down 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
Production Operator replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 6 years exp. vs 2014
 
Drilling Consultant replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Workover or Completion replied Feb 26
working in Africa up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Feb 26
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Information Technology replied Feb 26
working in North America up in 2015
with 5 years exp. vs 2014
 
Workover or Completion replied Feb 26
working in North America down in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Feb 26
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Feb 26
working in South America up in 2015
with 25 years exp. vs 2014
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Feb 26
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.