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$104,603
Australia & Oceania$101,686
Central Asia$75,337
East & SE Asia$75,458
Europe$115,784
Middle East$75,555
North America$92,872
South America$88,472
South Asia$70,188
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,603from1,519 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,686from565 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$75,337from332 responsesacross68 jobs
East & SE Asia$75,458from1,343 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,784from1,693 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$75,555from2,697 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$92,872from3,737 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$88,472from757 responsesacross89 jobs
South Asia$70,188from382 responsesacross75 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,737
Engineering$86,949
Geoscience$104,746
HSE$84,435
Maritime$97,926
Mgmt/Support$93,432
Oilfield Service$79,816
Production$87,461
Trades$73,031
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,737from1,279 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,949from3,608 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,746from533 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,435from1,247 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,926from566 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,432from2,533 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,816from1,171 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,461from757 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$73,031from1,331 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Reservoir Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Operations Manager
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
Pipeline Engineer replied Jul 30
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Jul 30
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Jul 30
working in Australia & Oceania down in 2015
with 23 years exp. vs 2014
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Driller replied Jul 30
working in South America up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Safety Officer replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2015
with 4 years exp. vs 2014
 
Toolpusher replied Jul 30
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 27 years exp. vs 2014
 
Sales / Marketing replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Process Engineer replied Jul 30
working in Europe down in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Engineer replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2015
with 2 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Trade replied Jul 30
working in Africa up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Backoffice replied Jul 30
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
Production Operator replied Jul 30
working in North America up in 2015
with 30 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrician replied Jul 30
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2015
with 10 years exp. vs 2014
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Jul 30
working in East & SE Asia up in 2015
with 1 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.