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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$103,805
Australia & Oceania$104,785
Central Asia$78,313
East & SE Asia$88,877
Europe$113,894
Middle East$77,101
North America$90,232
South America$86,179
South Asia$71,658
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,805from1,882 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,785from815 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,313from675 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$88,877from888 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$113,894from1,423 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$77,101from3,000 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,232from6,254 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,179from977 responsesacross86 jobs
South Asia$71,658from777 responsesacross89 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,832
Engineering$86,862
Geoscience$100,614
HSE$83,338
Maritime$99,200
Mgmt/Support$91,503
Oilfield Service$83,941
Production$89,908
Trades$76,319
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,832from1,602 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,862from4,124 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,614from632 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,338from1,710 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,200from793 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,503from3,337 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,941from1,569 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,908from982 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,319from1,942 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Mud Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Driller
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down 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
Field Service Tech replied Sep 16
working in Africa up in 2014
with 15 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Sep 16
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Dynamic Position Officer replied Sep 16
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Sep 16
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Sep 16
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Sep 16
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Sep 16
working in Europe up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Sep 16
working in Africa up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Trade replied Sep 16
working in Africa down in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Sep 16
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Human Resources replied Sep 16
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 4 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Sep 16
working in South America up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Sep 15
working in Europe down in 2014
with 23 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Sep 15
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 16 years exp. vs 2013
 
Offshore Worker replied Sep 15
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 0 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.