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$101,701
Australia & Oceania$98,356
Central Asia$77,925
East & SE Asia$70,024
Europe$112,415
Middle East$77,922
North America$91,923
South America$86,072
South Asia$70,553
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$101,701from866 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,356from252 responsesacross67 jobs
Central Asia$77,925from232 responsesacross63 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,024from881 responsesacross80 jobs
Europe$112,415from1,017 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$77,922from1,882 responsesacross82 jobs
North America$91,923from1,898 responsesacross83 jobs
South America$86,072from429 responsesacross73 jobs
South Asia$70,553from246 responsesacross66 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$108,482
Engineering$85,386
Geoscience$108,255
HSE$84,826
Maritime$101,409
Mgmt/Support$92,382
Oilfield Service$77,539
Production$87,764
Trades$71,561
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$108,482from690 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$85,386from2,360 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,255from377 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,826from732 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$101,409from283 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,382from1,425 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$77,539from737 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,764from429 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,561from670 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Officer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
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
Executive replied Apr 30
working in Middle East down in 2017
with 19 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geoscientist replied Apr 30
working in South America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Operator replied Apr 30
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Geotechnical replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 7 years exp. vs 2016
 
Process Engineer replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 23 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanic replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Apr 29
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 27 years exp. vs 2016
 
Field Service Tech replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Cementing replied Apr 29
working in Africa up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Production Engineer replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
Pipe Inspection replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Safety Engineer replied Apr 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Instrument Engineer replied Apr 29
working in Europe up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Apr 29
working in North America up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Apr 29
working in Central Asia up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.