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$108,867
Australia & Oceania$99,428
Central Asia$75,711
East & SE Asia$73,283
Europe$119,186
Middle East$78,139
North America$95,372
South America$88,250
South Asia$68,310
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$108,867from1,199 responsesacross86 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,428from363 responsesacross74 jobs
Central Asia$75,711from265 responsesacross67 jobs
East & SE Asia$73,283from1,110 responsesacross86 jobs
Europe$119,186from1,385 responsesacross89 jobs
Middle East$78,139from2,328 responsesacross90 jobs
North America$95,372from2,246 responsesacross92 jobs
South America$88,250from573 responsesacross83 jobs
South Asia$68,310from319 responsesacross67 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$116,219
Engineering$89,809
Geoscience$106,863
HSE$85,516
Maritime$96,788
Mgmt/Support$96,827
Oilfield Service$79,543
Production$90,044
Trades$75,647
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$116,219from881 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$89,809from2,917 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,863from481 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$85,516from967 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$96,788from396 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,827from1,858 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,543from865 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,044from586 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,647from837 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Mechanic
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Other HSE
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Other Rig Worker
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Design Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Drilling Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Field Service Tech
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
Driller replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Geologist replied May 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 17 years exp. vs 2015
 
Toolpusher replied May 29
working in North America down in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied May 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 11 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other HSE replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other HSE replied May 29
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Chemical Engineer replied May 29
working in South America up in 2016
with 5 years exp. vs 2015
 
Chemical Engineer replied May 29
working in Africa up in 2016
with 0 years exp. vs 2015
 
Welder/Fitter replied May 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied May 29
working in North America up in 2016
with 7 years exp. vs 2015
 
Welder/Fitter replied May 29
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 8 years exp. vs 2015
 
Civil Engineer replied May 29
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied May 29
working in South America down in 2016
with 15 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipe Inspection replied May 29
working in Europe up in 2016
with 29 years exp. vs 2015
 
Civil Engineer replied May 29
working in North America up in 2016
with 13 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.