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$103,288
Australia & Oceania$99,792
Central Asia$84,076
East & SE Asia$70,730
Europe$116,034
Middle East$78,560
North America$93,438
South America$86,595
South Asia$67,588
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,288from1,000 responsesacross87 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,792from290 responsesacross67 jobs
Central Asia$84,076from239 responsesacross65 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,730from966 responsesacross83 jobs
Europe$116,034from1,157 responsesacross87 jobs
Middle East$78,560from1,953 responsesacross86 jobs
North America$93,438from1,903 responsesacross85 jobs
South America$86,595from477 responsesacross74 jobs
South Asia$67,588from286 responsesacross68 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$113,077
Engineering$87,419
Geoscience$106,293
HSE$86,175
Maritime$98,158
Mgmt/Support$94,135
Oilfield Service$78,325
Production$89,235
Trades$74,809
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$113,077from730 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$87,419from2,489 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$106,293from416 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,175from804 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$98,158from276 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$94,135from1,552 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,325from773 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,235from507 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$74,809from724 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Geologist
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Other Trade
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Other Rig Worker
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Chemical Engineer
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Up Operations Manager
Avg Salary Up More Than 5%
 
Down Civil 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
Operations Manager replied Dec 4
working in Europe up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Rig Clerk / Radioman / Storeman replied Dec 4
working in South America up in 2016
with 14 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipe Inspection replied Dec 4
working in Africa down in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Design Engineer replied Dec 4
working in North America down in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Design Engineer replied Dec 4
working in North America down in 2016
with 9 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Dec 3
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 19 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipe Inspection replied Dec 3
working in Africa up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Production Support replied Dec 3
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Heavy Machinery Operator replied Dec 3
working in North America up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Operations Manager replied Dec 3
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 22 years exp. vs 2015
 
Civil Engineer replied Dec 3
working in East & SE Asia down in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Workover or Completion replied Dec 3
working in Africa up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Offshore Worker replied Dec 3
working in Africa up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Offshore Worker replied Dec 3
working in Africa up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Electrical Engineer replied Dec 3
working in Middle East up in 2016
with 18 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.