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$105,238
Australia & Oceania$101,334
Central Asia$80,620
East & SE Asia$70,673
Europe$118,154
Middle East$77,859
North America$94,730
South America$86,133
South Asia$66,970
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,238from1,078 responsesacross86 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,334from307 responsesacross68 jobs
Central Asia$80,620from254 responsesacross67 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,673from1,034 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$118,154from1,218 responsesacross87 jobs
Middle East$77,859from2,090 responsesacross88 jobs
North America$94,730from2,025 responsesacross90 jobs
South America$86,133from516 responsesacross76 jobs
South Asia$66,970from298 responsesacross67 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$113,887
Engineering$87,644
Geoscience$106,743
HSE$87,288
Maritime$95,911
Mgmt/Support$95,675
Oilfield Service$78,989
Production$89,560
Trades$74,847
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$113,887from744 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$87,644from2,617 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,743from439 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$87,288from898 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$95,911from311 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$95,675from1,680 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,989from798 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,560from562 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$74,847from771 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Pipe Inspection
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Foreman or Superintendent
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
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
Toolpusher replied Sep 29
working in Europe up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Toolpusher replied Sep 29
working in Europe up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Sales / Marketing replied Sep 29
working in North America up in 2016
with 24 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Geotechnical replied Sep 29
working in North America down in 2016
with 11 years exp. vs 2015
 
Welder/Fitter replied Sep 29
working in Europe up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Welder/Fitter replied Sep 29
working in Europe up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Welder/Fitter replied Sep 29
working in Europe up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Sep 29
working in South Asia up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Sep 29
working in North America up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Sep 29
working in North America up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Sep 29
working in South America down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Sep 29
working in North America up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Civil Engineer replied Sep 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Field Service Tech replied Sep 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Sep 29
working in Africa up in 2016
with 28 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.