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$103,349
Australia & Oceania$98,374
Central Asia$77,710
East & SE Asia$70,281
Europe$113,383
Middle East$78,285
North America$92,644
South America$86,881
South Asia$70,703
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,349from908 responsesacross85 jobs
Australia & Oceania$98,374from273 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$77,710from240 responsesacross64 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,281from934 responsesacross81 jobs
Europe$113,383from1,048 responsesacross83 jobs
Middle East$78,285from1,901 responsesacross83 jobs
North America$92,644from1,965 responsesacross84 jobs
South America$86,881from427 responsesacross71 jobs
South Asia$70,703from262 responsesacross66 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$110,419
Engineering$86,221
Geoscience$108,416
HSE$84,761
Maritime$100,039
Mgmt/Support$93,221
Oilfield Service$78,123
Production$87,578
Trades$71,771
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$110,419from730 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$86,221from2,431 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$108,416from399 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,761from783 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$100,039from290 responsesacross8 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,221from1,444 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,123from752 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$87,578from447 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$71,771from682 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Petroleum Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Operations Manager
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down General / Other Eng.
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Pipe Inspection
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
Executive replied Mar 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Drilling Consultant replied Mar 27
working in South America up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 27
working in East & SE Asia down in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Chemical Engineer replied Mar 27
working in Europe up in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
Ships Engineer replied Mar 27
working in Africa up in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Pipeline Engineer replied Mar 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Trainer replied Mar 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 20 years exp. vs 2016
 
Rig Manager replied Mar 27
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 22 years exp. vs 2016
 
Human Resources replied Mar 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Mar 27
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 16 years exp. vs 2016
 
Civil Engineer replied Mar 27
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 13 years exp. vs 2016
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Mar 27
working in South Asia up in 2017
with 12 years exp. vs 2016
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Mar 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 25 years exp. vs 2016
 
Coil Tubing replied Mar 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Other Backoffice replied Mar 27
working in North America up in 2017
with 20 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.