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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$105,568
Australia & Oceania$104,787
Central Asia$79,188
Europe$116,899
Far East$100,337
Middle East$79,813
North America$90,693
South America$88,297
Southern Asia$72,023
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,568from2,064 responsesacross93 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,787from939 responsesacross88 jobs
Central Asia$79,188from880 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,899from1,599 responsesacross93 jobs
Far East$100,337from594 responsesacross84 jobs
Middle East$79,813from3,351 responsesacross94 jobs
North America$90,693from7,621 responsesacross96 jobs
South America$88,297from1,043 responsesacross89 jobs
Southern Asia$72,023from1,003 responsesacross93 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,195
Engineering$88,272
Geoscience$104,724
HSE$83,060
Maritime$96,714
Mgmt/Support$93,420
Oilfield Service$85,102
Production$93,398
Trades$77,363
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,195from1,958 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$88,272from4,580 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,724from737 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,060from1,866 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,714from927 responsesacross12 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,420from3,801 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$85,102from1,869 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$93,398from1,139 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,363from2,217 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Pipe Inspection
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Process Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Maintenance Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up 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
Operations Manager replied Apr 19
working in Africa up in 2014
with 23 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 19
working in Africa up in 2014
with 23 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Apr 19
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Apr 19
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Ships Engineer replied Apr 19
working in Far East up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Welder/Fitter replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Apr 18
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 22 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Derrickman replied Apr 18
working in Africa up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Apr 18
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Apr 18
working in North America up in 2014
with 13 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.