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$103,117
Australia & Oceania$102,804
Central Asia$75,053
East & SE Asia$76,763
Europe$115,134
Middle East$75,292
North America$92,531
South America$87,209
South Asia$70,942
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,117from1,580 responsesacross91 jobs
Australia & Oceania$102,804from581 responsesacross85 jobs
Central Asia$75,053from355 responsesacross70 jobs
East & SE Asia$76,763from1,351 responsesacross90 jobs
Europe$115,134from1,675 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$75,292from2,683 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$92,531from3,920 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$87,209from780 responsesacross88 jobs
South Asia$70,942from372 responsesacross76 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$124,303
Engineering$86,538
Geoscience$104,158
HSE$84,550
Maritime$97,349
Mgmt/Support$93,021
Oilfield Service$80,854
Production$87,288
Trades$72,212
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$124,303from1,325 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$86,538from3,664 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$104,158from542 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$84,550from1,277 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$97,349from576 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$93,021from2,597 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$80,854from1,176 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$87,288from765 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$72,212from1,375 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
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Changes calculated based on salary data submitted in last 90 days versus all previous year salaries for that job title.
Recent Results
Electrician replied Jul 2
working in Europe down in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Jul 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 18 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 2
working in North America up in 2015
with 12 years exp. vs 2014
 
Electrician replied Jul 2
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 8 years exp. vs 2014
 
Downhole Intervention replied Jul 2
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 11 years exp. vs 2014
 
Heavy Lift / Pipelay replied Jul 2
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 19 years exp. vs 2014
 
Reservoir Engineer replied Jul 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 13 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Rig Worker replied Jul 2
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Other Rig Worker replied Jul 2
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 0 years exp. vs 2014
 
Marine Engineer replied Jul 2
working in South America up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Maintenance Engineer replied Jul 2
working in East & SE Asia down in 2015
with 28 years exp. vs 2014
 
Diving replied Jul 2
working in Middle East down in 2015
with 9 years exp. vs 2014
 
General / Other Eng. replied Jul 2
working in Middle East up in 2015
with 20 years exp. vs 2014
 
Subsea Engineer replied Jul 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 15 years exp. vs 2014
 
Geoscientist replied Jul 2
working in Europe up in 2015
with 7 years exp. vs 2014
 
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.