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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$103,611
Australia & Oceania$105,077
Central Asia$77,963
East & SE Asia$88,997
Europe$114,509
Middle East$77,229
North America$90,438
South America$86,787
South Asia$71,487
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,611from1,901 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$105,077from823 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$77,963from699 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$88,997from830 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$114,509from1,452 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$77,229from3,026 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,438from6,357 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,787from993 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,487from798 responsesacross90 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,425
Engineering$86,945
Geoscience$101,279
HSE$83,481
Maritime$99,530
Mgmt/Support$91,393
Oilfield Service$83,863
Production$90,233
Trades$76,511
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,425from1,677 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,945from4,111 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$101,279from642 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,481from1,708 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,530from791 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,393from3,392 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,863from1,598 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,233from998 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,511from1,962 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Trainer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other HSE
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
Accounting / Finance replied Aug 29
working in South America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Aug 29
working in North America down in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Aug 29
working in North America up in 2014
with 22 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Aug 29
working in Europe up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Driller replied Aug 29
working in North America up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Aug 29
working in East & SE Asia down in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrical Engineer replied Aug 29
working in Middle East down in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Aug 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 29
working in Africa up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Aug 29
working in Africa up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Officer replied Aug 29
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 29
working in Central Asia up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Aug 29
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Cementing replied Aug 28
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Aug 28
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 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.