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$102,351
Australia & Oceania$102,985
Central Asia$78,408
East & SE Asia$77,069
Europe$113,451
Middle East$75,733
North America$92,203
South America$87,591
South Asia$71,421
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,351from1,576 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,985from596 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,408from356 responsesacross72 jobs
East & SE Asia$77,069from1,363 responsesacross87 jobs
Europe$113,451from1,603 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,733from2,749 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$92,203from4,237 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,591from832 responsesacross89 jobs
South Asia$71,421from386 responsesacross78 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,138
Engineering$86,314
Geoscience$103,280
HSE$84,814
Maritime$97,875
Mgmt/Support$91,874
Oilfield Service$81,234
Production$87,015
Trades$72,364
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,138from1,363 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,314from3,660 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$103,280from537 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,814from1,333 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,875from589 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,874from2,734 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$81,234from1,206 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,015from797 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,364from1,479 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down MWD/LWD/Logging
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Electrician
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
Sales / Marketing replied May 25
working in Europe up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Sales / Marketing replied May 25
working in Europe up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Engineer replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Engineer replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Civil Engineer replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 3 years exp. vs 2014
 
Sales / Marketing replied May 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied May 25
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 17 years exp. vs 2014
 
Field Service Tech replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 29 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipeline Engineer replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Firefighter replied May 25
working in Africa up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied May 25
working in Africa up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Accounting / Finance replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 14 years exp. vs 2014
 
Civil Engineer replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Executive replied May 25
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrical Engineer replied May 25
working in Africa up in 2015
with 15 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.