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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$104,549
Australia & Oceania$104,759
Central Asia$78,031
East & SE Asia$91,259
Europe$114,504
Middle East$78,119
North America$90,565
South America$86,736
South Asia$71,353
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$104,549from1,885 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,759from822 responsesacross86 jobs
Central Asia$78,031from729 responsesacross88 jobs
East & SE Asia$91,259from744 responsesacross83 jobs
Europe$114,504from1,462 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$78,119from3,062 responsesacross92 jobs
North America$90,565from6,611 responsesacross95 jobs
South America$86,736from981 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$71,353from826 responsesacross91 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,257
Engineering$87,435
Geoscience$99,998
HSE$83,189
Maritime$99,115
Mgmt/Support$92,001
Oilfield Service$84,089
Production$91,600
Trades$77,014
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,257from1,712 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,435from4,117 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$99,998from641 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,189from1,759 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$99,115from825 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$92,001from3,437 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$84,089from1,640 responsesacross16 jobs
Production$91,600from1,016 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$77,014from1,975 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Drilling Consultant
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Mechanical Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Offshore Worker
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Welder/Fitter
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
Crane Operator replied Aug 1
working in Europe down in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
MWD/LWD/Logging replied Aug 1
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 10 years exp. vs 2013
 
Marine Engineer replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 0 years exp. vs 2013
 
Sales / Marketing replied Aug 1
working in Africa up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other HSE replied Aug 1
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 12 years exp. vs 2013
 
Corrosion Engineer replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 5 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Consultant replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 6 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 28 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Aug 1
working in North America up in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Operator replied Aug 1
working in South America up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Technologist replied Aug 1
working in North America down in 2014
with 3 years exp. vs 2013
 
Chemical Engineer replied Aug 1
working in North America down in 2014
with 3 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.