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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$103,332
Australia & Oceania$104,565
Central Asia$78,195
East & SE Asia$86,436
Europe$112,889
Middle East$76,809
North America$90,216
South America$86,405
South Asia$71,243
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,332from1,836 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,565from759 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,195from653 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$86,436from992 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$112,889from1,397 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$76,809from2,936 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,216from6,036 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,405from963 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,243from704 responsesacross86 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,499
Engineering$86,309
Geoscience$100,334
HSE$83,649
Maritime$98,421
Mgmt/Support$90,909
Oilfield Service$84,221
Production$89,971
Trades$75,944
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,499from1,560 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,309from4,042 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,334from620 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,649from1,679 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,421from769 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$90,909from3,222 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,221from1,520 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$89,971from956 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,944from1,908 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Leasing / Contracts
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Ships Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Other Production Support
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
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
Executive replied Oct 22
working in Africa up in 2014
with 16 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Oct 22
working in Europe up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Derrickman replied Oct 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 8 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Oct 22
working in Europe up in 2014
with 16 years exp. vs 2013
 
Rigger replied Oct 22
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Oct 21
working in North America down in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Captain replied Oct 21
working in North America up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Oct 21
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 1 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Oct 21
working in East & SE Asia down in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Accounting / Finance replied Oct 21
working in North America up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Oct 21
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Oct 21
working in Europe up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Downhole Intervention replied Oct 21
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Downhole Intervention replied Oct 21
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geoscientist replied Oct 21
working in South America up in 2014
with 11 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.