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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.
Filter year-by-year results by region:
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$105,180
Australia & Oceania$104,781
Central Asia$78,878
Europe$116,829
Far East$100,358
Middle East$79,718
North America$90,680
South America$88,108
Southern Asia$71,682
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,180from2,058 responsesacross93 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,781from934 responsesacross88 jobs
Central Asia$78,878from875 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,829from1,593 responsesacross93 jobs
Far East$100,358from597 responsesacross84 jobs
Middle East$79,718from3,337 responsesacross93 jobs
North America$90,680from7,571 responsesacross96 jobs
South America$88,108from1,045 responsesacross89 jobs
Southern Asia$71,682from1,002 responsesacross93 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,061
Engineering$88,104
Geoscience$104,499
HSE$82,830
Maritime$96,928
Mgmt/Support$93,348
Oilfield Service$85,015
Production$93,443
Trades$77,265
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,061from1,947 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$88,104from4,572 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,499from734 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,830from1,853 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,928from915 responsesacross12 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,348from3,791 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$85,015from1,857 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$93,443from1,136 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,265from2,207 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Mechanic
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Up 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 Apr 23
working in Europe up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Apr 23
working in Africa up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Apr 23
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Process Control replied Apr 23
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 25 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Apr 23
working in Europe up in 2014
with 16 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Apr 22
working in Southern Asia up in 2014
with 28 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Engineer replied Apr 22
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Oiler replied Apr 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanic replied Apr 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Apr 22
working in Far East up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Structural Engineer replied Apr 22
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Accounting / Finance replied Apr 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Captain replied Apr 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Apr 22
working in North America down in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
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.