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$107,313
Australia & Oceania$101,181
Central Asia$79,617
East & SE Asia$71,585
Europe$118,718
Middle East$78,724
North America$94,949
South America$87,628
South Asia$67,368
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$107,313from1,130 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,181from345 responsesacross71 jobs
Central Asia$79,617from260 responsesacross67 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,585from1,071 responsesacross86 jobs
Europe$118,718from1,299 responsesacross88 jobs
Middle East$78,724from2,195 responsesacross86 jobs
North America$94,949from2,142 responsesacross91 jobs
South America$87,628from570 responsesacross81 jobs
South Asia$67,368from307 responsesacross70 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$113,944
Engineering$88,785
Geoscience$107,333
HSE$87,609
Maritime$96,282
Mgmt/Support$97,179
Oilfield Service$80,022
Production$89,270
Trades$74,507
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$113,944from815 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$88,785from2,781 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,333from466 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$87,609from930 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,282from368 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$97,179from1,770 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,022from807 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,270from563 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,507from819 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Geoscientist
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Pipe Inspection
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Crane Operator
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Executive
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Electrical Engineer
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
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 26
working in Europe up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Seismic Technician replied Jul 26
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Jul 26
working in Europe up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Jul 26
working in Europe up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Jul 26
working in Europe up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Jul 26
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geologist replied Jul 26
working in Europe up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 26
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geoscientist replied Jul 26
working in Africa up in 2016
with 1 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Operator replied Jul 26
working in South America up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Jul 26
working in Europe down in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Safety Officer replied Jul 26
working in Africa up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Jul 26
working in Africa up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Chemical Engineer replied Jul 26
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 12 years exp. vs 2015
 
Production Operator replied Jul 26
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 4 years exp. vs 2015
 
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.