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$103,097
Australia & Oceania$99,490
Central Asia$82,774
East & SE Asia$70,738
Europe$116,188
Middle East$79,267
North America$92,452
South America$86,775
South Asia$69,855
RegionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Africa$103,097from979 responsesacross87 jobs
Australia & Oceania$99,490from286 responsesacross65 jobs
Central Asia$82,774from239 responsesacross66 jobs
East & SE Asia$70,738from955 responsesacross83 jobs
Europe$116,188from1,142 responsesacross85 jobs
Middle East$79,267from1,935 responsesacross85 jobs
North America$92,452from1,949 responsesacross84 jobs
South America$86,775from478 responsesacross74 jobs
South Asia$69,855from273 responsesacross69 jobs


Compensation by Type of Position   Last 12 Months
Type of PositionAverage Compensation
Drilling$111,659
Engineering$87,376
Geoscience$107,391
HSE$86,267
Maritime$99,597
Mgmt/Support$94,295
Oilfield Service$78,793
Production$88,775
Trades$73,456
Type of PositionAverageResponsesJob Functions
Drilling$111,659from743 responsesacross10 jobs
Engineering$87,376from2,460 responsesacross18 jobs
Geoscience$107,391from433 responsesacross5 jobs
HSE$86,267from836 responsesacross6 jobs
Maritime$99,597from295 responsesacross9 jobs
Mgmt/Support$94,295from1,498 responsesacross9 jobs
Oilfield Service$78,793from759 responsesacross14 jobs
Production$88,775from492 responsesacross6 jobs
Trades$73,456from720 responsesacross10 jobs
  
Recent Trends
Down Other Backoffice
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Foreman or Superintendent
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Up Marine Engineer
Avg Salary Up Less Than 5%
 
Down Sales / Marketing
Avg Salary Down More Than 5%
 
Down Geologist
Avg Salary Down Less Than 5%
 
Down Drilling Engineer
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
Other Rig Worker replied Jan 19
working in North America down in 2017
with 22 years exp. vs 2016
 
Civil Engineer replied Jan 19
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 2 years exp. vs 2016
 
Foreman or Superintendent replied Jan 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 9 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Jan 19
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 14 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geoscientist replied Jan 19
working in Africa up in 2017
with 5 years exp. vs 2016
 
Geoscientist replied Jan 19
working in East & SE Asia up in 2017
with 6 years exp. vs 2016
 
Operations Manager replied Jan 19
working in Africa up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Sales / Marketing replied Jan 19
working in Australia & Oceania up in 2017
with 3 years exp. vs 2016
 
Budget / Cost Control replied Jan 18
working in Europe up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Jan 18
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 8 years exp. vs 2016
 
Leasing / Contracts replied Jan 18
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 30 years exp. vs 2016
 
Crane Operator replied Jan 18
working in North America up in 2017
with 15 years exp. vs 2016
 
Information Technology replied Jan 18
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 17 years exp. vs 2016
 
Petroleum Engineer replied Jan 18
working in Middle East up in 2017
with 3 years exp. vs 2016
 
Executive replied Jan 18
working in North America up in 2017
with 4 years exp. vs 2016
 
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.