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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$104,995
Australia & Oceania$104,423
Central Asia$78,612
Europe$116,451
Far East$100,754
Middle East$79,806
North America$90,702
South America$88,318
Southern Asia$71,800
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,995from2,047 responsesacross93 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,423from928 responsesacross88 jobs
Central Asia$78,612from879 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$116,451from1,592 responsesacross93 jobs
Far East$100,754from595 responsesacross85 jobs
Middle East$79,806from3,326 responsesacross93 jobs
North America$90,702from7,539 responsesacross96 jobs
South America$88,318from1,039 responsesacross89 jobs
Southern Asia$71,800from1,009 responsesacross93 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$121,337
Engineering$88,033
Geoscience$104,608
HSE$82,848
Maritime$97,072
Mgmt/Support$93,186
Oilfield Service$85,001
Production$93,281
Trades$77,179
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$121,337from1,938 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$88,033from4,566 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,608from730 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$82,848from1,850 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,072from916 responsesacross12 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,186from3,764 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$85,001from1,848 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$93,281from1,136 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,179from2,206 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Onshore Worker
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Elec. or Instr. Tech
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Derrickman
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Accounting / Finance
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Geoscientist
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
Mechanical Engineer replied Apr 25
working in Far East up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Trade replied Apr 25
working in Africa up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Apr 25
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 18 years exp. vs 2013
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Apr 24
working in Southern Asia up in 2014
with 21 years exp. vs 2013
 
Marine Engineer replied Apr 24
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Marine Engineer replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Trade replied Apr 24
working in Southern Asia up in 2014
with 16 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Backoffice replied Apr 24
working in Southern Asia up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Apr 24
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Trade replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Cementing replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Geologist replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 29 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Apr 24
working in North America up in 2014
with 29 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.