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$102,437
Australia & Oceania$96,715
Central Asia$73,954
East & SE Asia$69,433
Europe$111,915
Middle East$76,625
North America$91,467
South America$86,958
South Asia$72,215
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,437from798 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$96,715from234 responsesacross65 jobs
Central Asia$73,954from209 responsesacross60 jobs
East & SE Asia$69,433from820 responsesacross78 jobs
Europe$111,915from922 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$76,625from1,790 responsesacross80 jobs
North America$91,467from1,798 responsesacross83 jobs
South America$86,958from410 responsesacross74 jobs
South Asia$72,215from236 responsesacross59 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,821
Engineering$84,441
Geoscience$107,362
HSE$83,413
Maritime$102,795
Mgmt/Support$91,866
Oilfield Service$75,548
Production$87,369
Trades$70,868
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,821from667 responsesacross9 jobs
Engineering$84,441from2,203 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,362from347 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,413from679 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$102,795from260 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,866from1,353 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$75,548from702 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,369from389 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$70,868from617 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Mechanic
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Instrument Engineer
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
Mechanic replied Jun 22
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
Toolpusher replied Jun 22
working in South Asia down in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Structural Engineer replied Jun 21
working in North America down in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Sales / Marketing replied Jun 21
working in Europe up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Officer replied Jun 21
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Officer replied Jun 21
working in Africa up in 2017
with 1 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Officer replied Jun 21
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 3 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Jun 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Jun 21
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Jun 21
working in Europe up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Subsea Engineer replied Jun 21
working in Africa up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Driller replied Jun 21
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Jun 21
working in Central Asia up in 2017
with 10 years exp. vs 2016
 
Subsea Engineer replied Jun 21
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Derrickman replied Jun 20
working in Africa up in 2017
with 11 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.