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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.
Filter year-by-year results by region:
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Compensation by Region   Last 12 Months
RegionAverage Compensation
Africa$104,935
Australia & Oceania$104,358
Central Asia$77,011
East & SE Asia$91,733
Europe$115,000
Middle East$78,386
North America$90,618
South America$87,628
South Asia$70,958
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,935from1,872 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,358from836 responsesacross87 jobs
Central Asia$77,011from753 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$91,733from724 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$115,000from1,453 responsesacross94 jobs
Middle East$78,386from3,075 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,618from6,711 responsesacross95 jobs
South America$87,628from976 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$70,958from844 responsesacross91 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,672
Engineering$87,496
Geoscience$100,271
HSE$83,054
Maritime$98,738
Mgmt/Support$92,179
Oilfield Service$84,197
Production$91,807
Trades$76,977
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,672from1,728 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,496from4,153 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,271from645 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,054from1,780 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,738from827 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,179from3,440 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,197from1,654 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$91,807from1,019 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,977from1,998 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Up Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Production Operator
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other Production Support
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Welder/Fitter
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman
Avg Salary Up 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
Safety Engineer replied Jul 23
working in Europe up in 2014
with 7 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Jul 23
working in Europe up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 23
working in Africa up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Specialty replied Jul 23
working in North America up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Jul 23
working in Africa up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Jul 23
working in Europe up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Operations Manager replied Jul 23
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 23 years exp. vs 2013
 
Safety Engineer replied Jul 23
working in Africa up in 2014
with 11 years exp. vs 2013
 
Human Resources replied Jul 23
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 9 years exp. vs 2013
 
Information Technology replied Jul 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Pipe Inspection replied Jul 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Executive replied Jul 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Downhole Intervention replied Jul 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Driller replied Jul 22
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 24 years exp. vs 2013
 
Electrician replied Jul 22
working in North America up in 2014
with 15 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.