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$108,699
Australia & Oceania$98,948
Central Asia$72,261
East & SE Asia$71,865
Europe$117,485
Middle East$75,611
North America$94,564
South America$90,704
South Asia$66,597
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,699from1,350 responsesacross89 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,948from469 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$72,261from275 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,865from1,206 responsesacross88 jobs
Europe$117,485from1,670 responsesacross90 jobs
Middle East$75,611from2,661 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$94,564from2,651 responsesacross93 jobs
South America$90,704from669 responsesacross84 jobs
South Asia$66,597from337 responsesacross71 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$122,445
Engineering$87,850
Geoscience$106,560
HSE$86,030
Maritime$96,389
Mgmt/Support$95,796
Oilfield Service$78,286
Production$89,162
Trades$74,525
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$122,445from922 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,850from3,343 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,560from527 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,030from1,068 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,389from474 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,796from2,237 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,286from1,048 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,162from675 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,525from994 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Maintenance 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
Safety Officer replied Feb 6
working in Africa up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Feb 6
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Sales / Marketing replied Feb 6
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Feb 6
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Feb 6
working in Europe down in 2016
with 4 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geologist replied Feb 6
working in Europe up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Feb 5
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Captain replied Feb 5
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 21 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mud Engineer replied Feb 5
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 23 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mud Engineer replied Feb 5
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 23 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Backoffice replied Feb 5
working in North America up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Drilling Engineer replied Feb 5
working in South America up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Cementing replied Feb 5
working in North America up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Welder/Fitter replied Feb 5
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Sales / Marketing replied Feb 5
working in North America up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
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.