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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.
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$102,863
Australia & Oceania$105,498
Central Asia$79,001
East & SE Asia$87,265
Europe$113,135
Middle East$77,029
North America$90,227
South America$86,983
South Asia$70,531
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,863from1,871 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,498from785 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$79,001from652 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$87,265from945 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,135from1,420 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$77,029from2,972 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,227from6,190 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,983from962 responsesacross86 jobs
South Asia$70,531from741 responsesacross89 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,261
Engineering$86,638
Geoscience$100,318
HSE$83,523
Maritime$98,954
Mgmt/Support$90,987
Oilfield Service$84,200
Production$90,197
Trades$76,334
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,261from1,591 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,638from4,101 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,318from635 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,523from1,723 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,954from778 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,987from3,273 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,200from1,554 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,197from961 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,334from1,922 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Toolpusher
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Rig Manager
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Mud Engineer
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
OIM replied Oct 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
OIM replied Oct 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Oct 2
working in Europe up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Oct 1
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Driller replied Oct 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Oct 1
working in North America down in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Oct 1
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 27 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Oct 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 19 years exp. vs 2013
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Oct 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 26 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Manager replied Oct 1
working in South America up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Technologist replied Oct 1
working in Europe up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Derrickman replied Oct 1
working in Europe up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Floorhand replied Oct 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Design Engineer replied Oct 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 21 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 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.