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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$102,852
Australia & Oceania$104,972
Central Asia$78,301
East & SE Asia$84,824
Europe$112,960
Middle East$76,757
North America$90,011
South America$85,339
South Asia$71,692
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$102,852from1,788 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,972from720 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,301from625 responsesacross85 jobs
East & SE Asia$84,824from1,060 responsesacross85 jobs
Europe$112,960from1,389 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,757from2,884 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,011from5,799 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$85,339from938 responsesacross86 jobs
South Asia$71,692from655 responsesacross85 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,422
Engineering$85,790
Geoscience$100,449
HSE$82,988
Maritime$98,748
Mgmt/Support$90,930
Oilfield Service$84,190
Production$89,452
Trades$75,404
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,422from1,541 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$85,790from3,953 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,449from613 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,988from1,637 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,748from727 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,930from3,145 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,190from1,464 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,452from923 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,404from1,855 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Trainer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Derrickman
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Subsea Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
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
Geoscientist replied Nov 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geoscientist replied Nov 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Nov 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Nov 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Nov 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Field Service Tech replied Nov 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Derrickman replied Nov 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Engineer replied Nov 21
working in Africa down in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipe Inspection replied Nov 21
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Nov 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Workover or Completion replied Nov 21
working in North America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Nov 21
working in North America up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Heavy Lift / Pipelay replied Nov 21
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Nov 21
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Human Resources replied Nov 21
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 6 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.