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$105,508
Australia & Oceania$101,387
Central Asia$81,246
East & SE Asia$71,586
Europe$118,363
Middle East$78,514
North America$95,239
South America$86,541
South Asia$66,749
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$105,508from1,092 responsesacross84 jobs
Australia & Oceania$101,387from308 responsesacross70 jobs
Central Asia$81,246from265 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$71,586from1,030 responsesacross84 jobs
Europe$118,363from1,260 responsesacross87 jobs
Middle East$78,514from2,145 responsesacross88 jobs
North America$95,239from2,049 responsesacross90 jobs
South America$86,541from525 responsesacross78 jobs
South Asia$66,749from304 responsesacross67 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$114,938
Engineering$88,152
Geoscience$107,850
HSE$86,737
Maritime$98,197
Mgmt/Support$96,095
Oilfield Service$79,707
Production$89,042
Trades$75,021
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$114,938from768 responsesacross11 jobs
Engineering$88,152from2,676 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,850from448 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,737from909 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$98,197from346 responsesacross10 jobs
Mgmt/Support$96,095from1,707 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$79,707from784 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$89,042from554 responsesacross7 jobs
Trades$75,021from786 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down EMT / Paramedic
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Executive
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Budget / Cost Control
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Up Civil Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Instrument Engineer
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Foreman or Superintendent
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
Human Resources replied Aug 26
working in Europe down in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Executive replied Aug 26
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Accounting / Finance replied Aug 26
working in East & SE Asia up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Aug 26
working in Europe up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Aug 26
working in North America up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Aug 26
working in Europe up in 2016
with 3 years exp. vs 2015
 
ROV Tech/Pilot replied Aug 26
working in North America up in 2016
with 18 years exp. vs 2015
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Aug 26
working in North America up in 2016
with 6 years exp. vs 2015
 
Elec. or Instr. Tech replied Aug 26
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2016
with 25 years exp. vs 2015
 
Pipe Inspection replied Aug 26
working in Europe up in 2016
with 30 years exp. vs 2015
 
Other Rig Worker replied Aug 26
working in North America up in 2016
with 26 years exp. vs 2015
 
Mechanical Engineer replied Aug 26
working in Europe down in 2016
with 10 years exp. vs 2015
 
Human Resources replied Aug 26
working in Africa up in 2016
with 16 years exp. vs 2015
 
General / Other Eng. replied Aug 26
working in Central Asia up in 2016
with 20 years exp. vs 2015
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Aug 26
working in North America up in 2016
with 21 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.