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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$103,909
Australia & Oceania$104,692
Central Asia$78,143
East & SE Asia$89,118
Europe$114,052
Middle East$77,206
North America$90,380
South America$86,573
South Asia$71,438
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,909from1,894 responsesacross92 jobs
Australia & Oceania$104,692from820 responsesacross87 jobs
Central Asia$78,143from693 responsesacross87 jobs
East & SE Asia$89,118from854 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$114,052from1,451 responsesacross93 jobs
Middle East$77,206from3,004 responsesacross91 jobs
North America$90,380from6,368 responsesacross94 jobs
South America$86,573from987 responsesacross87 jobs
South Asia$71,438from789 responsesacross90 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$120,417
Engineering$87,066
Geoscience$100,937
HSE$83,402
Maritime$98,998
Mgmt/Support$91,367
Oilfield Service$83,911
Production$90,140
Trades$76,507
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$120,417from1,670 responsesacross12 jobs
Engineering$87,066from4,122 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$100,937from638 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$83,402from1,714 responsesacross7 jobs
Maritime$98,998from801 responsesacross11 jobs
Mgmt/Support$91,367from3,370 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$83,911from1,595 responsesacross15 jobs
Production$90,140from998 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$76,507from1,952 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Pipe Inspection
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Onshore Worker
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Safety Engineer
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Other Trade
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Driller
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Up Electrical Engineer
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
Instrument Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 16 years exp. vs 2013
 
Onshore Worker replied Sep 2
working in Europe down in 2014
with 17 years exp. vs 2013
 
EMT / Paramedic replied Sep 2
working in South Asia up in 2014
with 2 years exp. vs 2013
 
Civil Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Production Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Middle East up in 2014
with 21 years exp. vs 2013
 
Other Rig Worker replied Sep 2
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2014
with 14 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Instrument Engineer replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 20 years exp. vs 2013
 
Drilling Engineer replied Sep 2
working in Europe up in 2014
with 13 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
General / Other Eng. replied Sep 2
working in East & SE Asia up in 2014
with 30 years exp. vs 2013
 
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.