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$103,205
Australia & Oceania$98,583
Central Asia$79,860
East & SE Asia$69,462
Europe$115,802
Middle East$78,950
North America$92,817
South America$87,347
South Asia$69,855
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,205from946 responsesacross87 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,583from286 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$79,860from242 responsesacross65 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,462from947 responsesacross81 jobs
Europe$115,802from1,108 responsesacross85 jobs
Middle East$78,950from1,941 responsesacross84 jobs
North America$92,817from1,976 responsesacross84 jobs
South America$87,347from457 responsesacross74 jobs
South Asia$69,855from270 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$110,679
Engineering$87,478
Geoscience$108,215
HSE$85,077
Maritime$97,323
Mgmt/Support$94,064
Oilfield Service$78,428
Production$88,449
Trades$72,071
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$110,679from749 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$87,478from2,466 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,215from415 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,077from814 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$97,323from289 responsesacross9 jobs
Mgmt/Support$94,064from1,515 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,428from753 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$88,449from472 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$72,071from700 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Civil 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
Instrument Engineer replied Feb 21
working in Europe up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Captain replied Feb 21
working in Europe down in 2017
with 24 years exp. vs 2016
 
Marine Engineer replied Feb 21
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Chemical Engineer replied Feb 21
working in Europe up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Feb 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Field Service Tech replied Feb 21
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Feb 21
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Well Control replied Feb 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other HSE replied Feb 21
working in Europe up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Well Control replied Feb 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Well Control replied Feb 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Sales / Marketing replied Feb 21
working in Europe down in 2017
with 21 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Feb 21
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 1 years exp. vs 2016
 
Drilling Engineer replied Feb 21
working in Europe up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Civil Engineer replied Feb 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 6 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.